Enjoying National Chardonnay Day with Wente Chardonnay

Yesterday was National Chardonnay Day and I had the opportunity to take part in a Twitter tasting hosted by Wente Vineyards.  We had a chance to taste through three of Wente’s Chardonnays and chat with Karl Wente, 5th generation winegrower and winemaker at Wente.  The tasting was a lot of fun and each bottle was incredibly different.  Here are my tasting notes from the event:

Our lineup of Chardonnay from Wente
Our lineup of Chardonnay from Wente

Wente 2012 Eric’s Small Lot Chardonnay

Eric’s Small Lot Chardonnay was my favorite Chardonnay of the tasting by far.  The wine was fermented in stainless steel did not undergo malolactic fermentation, making the flavors clean and vibrant. The nose shows floral and apple aromas and the palate offers tastes of green apple, Bosc pear, and spice.  A really nice wine! (13.7% alcohol, SRP $25)

Wente 2012 Wente Vineyards Morning Fog Chardonnay

This bottle was fermented in 50% neutral oak and 50% stainless steel so there is definitely more of an oak influence.  The texture is creamy and there are notes of apple and pear.  Not a bad option for the price! (13.5% alcohol, SRP $15)

Wente 2012 Riva Ranch Chardonnay

This wine was aged for 8 months in French, American, Eastern European, and neutral oak so it was definitely the most “typical” California Chardonnay we tasted.  Notes of butter, lemon, tropical fruit, and oak shine through in the palate.  A little rich and buttery for my taste but a lot of other bloggers preferred it.  (13.5% alcohol, SRP $22)

*Media Samples 

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    1. We did taste in that order and it was fun to experience the progression of flavors. You should definitely check out the Riva Ranch if you like that style of wine…very well-made!

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