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Date Printed: 4/17/2014
Monthaven Winery Chardonnay (3 Liter Octavin Home Wine Bar) 2008
Monthaven Winery Chardonnay (3 Liter Octavin Home Wine Bar) 2008
(search item no. 103408)

PRICE ON 4/17/2014: $23.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Monthaven Chardonnay is crafted from selected vineyards throughout California's diverse Central Coast, with a focus on fruit from Santa Barbara and Monterey. The Santa Barbara components deliver rich tropical notes on both the nose and palate, while cool climate Monterey components deliver crisp apple notes and balanced acidity. To show the best of Central Coast Chardonnay's varietal nature, Monthaven is a blend of cold fermented, barrel fermented and barrel aged wines. The result: a wine full of flavor, with balanced acidity and a clean finish.

About the Octavin
Octavin Home Wine Bar's patent-pending package design prevents oxidation. Every glass tastes as fresh and flavorful as if the wine was just opened, even up to six weeks after your first sip. It's the perfect choice for those interested in just one glass with dinner.

Octavin Home Wine Bar's innovative design allows us to invest in making great wine, not expensive packaging. By eliminating heavy glass and expensive cork and closures, we reduce the cost of packaging and shipping, and pass on those savings to you. While each Octavin contains the equivalent of four standard bottles of distinctive artisan wine, you often end up paying the price of just three bottles.

So go ahead and break the glass habit--and mother nature just might thank you for it. By choosing Octavin Home Wine Bar over four carbon-inefficient heavy glass bottles, you reduce packaging waste by at least 85% and carbon emissions by 55%.

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About Monthaven Winery:

With almost 30 years of experience working exclusively at wineries in California's Central Coast, artisan winemaker JeffYamamoto knows a thing or two about the area's dozens of microclimates. Starting in quality control roles, moving into the cellar, then onto general management responsibilities, Jeff's hands-on experience in every step of the winemaking process has created a stickler for the details. Crafting Monthaven at California's "largest small-lot winery" allows Jeff to keep grapes from different microclimates and vineyard blocks separate. He then uses his decade of cellar management experience to customize his barreling approach for each wine. Based on their individual characteristics, specific lots are selected for barrel fermentation or barrel aging to maximize the distinctiveness of each blend. Jeff largely prefers American oak for Monthaven wines to assure that the fruit flavors shine through, accented by balanced oak notes and agreeable tannins. The winemaking techniques applied to Monthaven wines are usually reserved for wines over $20 bottle. "My goal with these wines is to balance the fruit, acid and oak components in a way that allows the fruit to shine in the best possible light, reflecting the Central Coast expression of each varietal's nature."