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Date Printed: 10/24/2014
Gainey Chardonnay 2007
Gainey Chardonnay 2007
(search item no. 98540)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 10/24/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
2010 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2000 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Winemakers dream of perfect vintages, and 2007 came close. A cold winter delayed budbreak and flowering by several weeks, but spring was exceptionally dry, with roughly 50% of normal rainfall. As a result, Chardonnay grape clusters tended to be small, which accelerated ripening. Although harvest began early, it extended into late October, with pristine fruit displaying wonderfully concentrated flavors balanced by crisp acidity. Our 2007 Chardonnay is sleek and vibrant, with radiant citrus and tropical fruit aromas complemented by light buttery scents and Santa Rita Hills' telltale minerality. (Nearly two-thirds of the fruit is from Evan's Ranch.) The palate offers creamy lemon curd, lime and ripe melon flavors with excellent mid-palate verve and intensity, while the long, mouthwatering finish is buoyed by refreshing mineral tones. This delicious, beautifully structured Chardonnay will make a fine companion over the next several years to shellfish, lighter seafood dishes, roasted fowl and mild cheeses.

""A beautiful Chardonnay, solidly in the Gainey style of balance and integrity, but also showing the cool climate terroir of its origins as well as the excellence of the vintage. The result is this crisp, richly oaked but balanced young wine. It brims with tropical fruits and spices."
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About The Gainey Vineyard:

In 1962, Daniel C. and son Daniel J. Gainey purchased an 1,800 acre ranch on the eastern end of the Santa Ynez Valley. The Gainey Ranch, a combination of cattle, farming, and Arabian horse breeding, became the largest diversified ranching operation in the valley.

Dan J. Gainey retired in 1984 to devote himself to fulfilling his dream of making wine. In 1983, he planted 51 acres of vineyards on the northern boundary of the Gainey Ranch and in November of 1984 the 12,000 square foot Spanish-style winery opened its doors to visitors. Soon after, Dan H. Gainey joined his father and together the father-son team have set out to produce premium, hand-crafted wines made from the best vineyards in Santa Barbara County.

With over 40 years of farming experience behind them, the Gaineys have a connection to the land that few vintners may share. Since the original vineyard planting in 1983, the Gaineys have added 32 acres to their "Home" Ranch, which is primarily planted to the Bordeaux varietals Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. In 1996, they purchased 120 acres on the western end of the Santa Ynez Valley, a cooler growing region more suitable for Burgundian varietals. In 1997, they planted 35 acres at this "Santa Rosa Hills" Ranch to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah, with plans for further plantings in the years ahead.