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A Perfect and Delicious Chardonnay

Periodically we come across a wine that simply can’t be ignored, both for its quality and value.  Rarely do any of us have an opportunity to experience winemaking at this level, especially when it comes to a properly aged California Chardonnay.  Quite frankly, they just don’t exist…until now. 


1996 Kalin Chardonnay "Cuvee W"



NVWE Notes: A tribute to Terry and Francis Leighton, a perfect Chardonnay clone and legendary vineyard.  This fascinating, hedonistic wine offers scents of peach melba, apricot and peach pit, Marron glacé, hazelnut tart, baklava, nougat, nutmeg and candied orange peel. It is palate-coating yet retains impressive zest and minerality as balancing factors for the opulent flavors and aromas. The finish is dry, stylish and lingering.  Open & give it time. Watch how well it develops in your glass.       














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NVWE Notes: Focused yet structured, and reminding of classic 1960s/1970s style Cabernet, this wine offers aromas of Cassis, black raspberry, black cherry, violet, cedar, baking-spice, licorice root, dark earth, leather and smoked herbs. On the palate, it shows concentration, fine tannic grip and a firmly structured mouth-feel. The flavors stay focused and they are a lingering, more youthfully bright, more notably mineral mirror of the aromas. Though it will prove a delicious companion to grilled meats right now, three years of cellar-time should significantly broaden its food-matchability. 300 cases made.


NVWE Notes: This very impressive Cabernet seems textbook “Atlas Peak” in its aromatic layering of dark cherry, black raspberry, purple plum, black currant, violet, brûléed fig, peppercorn, clove, vanilla, cedar, leather, darkly sweet pipe tobacco, graphite and charred wood. Minerality, zest and tannic grip are evident on the palate and join to streamline the texture but not the impact of the wine’s deep baked plum, berry compote, dark cherry and grilled fig flavors and counterpoints of sweet-savory spice. The finish is lingering and the balance immediately food-worthy, despite the wine’s clear potential for growth. It will be well matched to darkly caramelized roasts, braised beef short ribs, garlicky leg of lamb and the like. Expect four years or more of steady growth. 144 cases produced.