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Date Printed: 7/31/2014
Ken Brown Nielson Vineyard Chardonnay 2008
Ken Brown Nielson Vineyard Chardonnay 2008
(search item no. 109630)
boutique wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 7/31/2014: $26.99

Winemaker's Notes:

This Chardonnay is rich and beautifully balanced with fresh aromas of crisp apple, pear and lemon zest accented by hints of minerality and spice. These components will gradually evolve into aromas of honey, pear and hazelnut as the wine develops. Flavors of Fuji apple, cinnamon stick and vanilla are supported by a silky elegance and natural acidity that carry through to a seamless finish.
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About Ken Brown:

Our Focus at Ken Brown Wines is on very small lots of Pinot Noir from the finest vineyards of Sta. Rita Hills. The wines are produced at our winery in Buellton at the gateway to the Sta. Rita Hills appellation, and most lots consist of 250 cases or less. Total annual production is only about 2,000 cases. I work with growers, many of whom I've known for years, to hand select vineyard blocks for our program. Some of the remarkable vineyards we work with include Cargasacchi, Clos Pepe, Rio Vista and Sanford & Benedict. We also produce limited bottlings of Chardonnay and Syrah. My wife, Deborah, and I make up the staff of Ken Brown Wines, and we enjoy the close relationships we have with our wines and our customers.

Most of my career has been spent pursuing the elusive traits that make great Pinot Noir. From my early days at Zaca Mesa Winery to my 20-year tenure at Byron Vineyard to our small family operation at Ken Brown Wines, I have continued to experiment with clones, rootstocks, soils and winemaking techniques, exploring the tremendous potential for Pinot Noir in Santa Barbara County.