Vineyard 7 and 8 Estate Chardonnay 2015  Front Label
Vineyard 7 and 8 Estate Chardonnay 2015  Front Label

Vineyard 7 and 8 Estate Chardonnay 2015

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750ML / 14.5% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

“The 2015 Estate Chardonnay marks our finest, yet smallest, release to date. Longtime fans of our Chardonnay will recognize all of the hallmarks of a wine crafted from our thirty-five year old vines on our estate, but taken to a new level of intensity. With a bright, vivid golden color, the nose offers aromatics of lemony sweet cream, orange blossom and honeysuckle. On the palate, the mouthwatering acidity invites another sip and balances the richness of the wine. A creamy, seamless texture, marked by fresh minerality, lemon curd and baked apple round out the palate.” — Martha McClellan, Winemaker

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2015 Chardonnay Estate, still in barrel, seems to be slightly more elegant than the 2014 with perhaps more finesse and acid. It has loads of white peach and honeysuckle in a good creamy, bright style that seems slightly lighter with more finesse and personality than the 2014.
Range: (88-90)+
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Vineyard 7 and 8

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Vineyard 7 and 8, California
After a measured and patient search for a vineyard property in the Napa Valley, the Steffens Family ended their quest when they acquired a forty-acre property atop Spring Mountain. Planted in the early 1980’s to eight acres of each Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, the property met the family’s stringent requirements to sustainably grow premium grapes allowing them to craft wines with a true sense of place.

Founded in 1999 and named after proprietor Launny Steffens’ life and background in the world of finance with a theme encompassed by numerics, and a keen interest in numerology — “seven” being a number of luck in western culture, while “eight” follows the meanings of prosperity and happiness in eastern culture — Vineyard 7 & 8 is the culmination of the family’s pursuit for producing fine wines including Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.

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Above the town of St. Helena on the eastern slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains sits the Spring Mountain District.

A dynamic region, its vineyards, cut by numerous springs and streams, vary in elevation, slope and aspect. Soils differ throughout with over 20 distinct types inside of the 8,600 acres that define the appellation. Within that area, only about 1,000 are planted to vineyards. Predominantly farmed by small, independent producers, the region currently has just over 30 wineries.

During the growing season, late afternoon Pacific Ocean breezes reach the Spring Mountain vineyards, which sit at between 400 and 1,200 feet. Daytime temperatures during mid summer and early fall remain slightly cooler than those of the valley floor.

Spring Mountain soils—volcanic matter and sedimentary rock—create intense but balanced reds with lush and delicate tannins. The area excels with Bordeaux varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot and in some cooler spots, Chardonnay.

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.

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