2018 Bouchaine Vineyards Estate Chardonnay Carneros
Bouchaine is the oldest continuously operating winery in Carneros, a region located on the southern tip of Napa Valley. In the late 1880s, a Missouri-born settler named Boon Fly planted grapes and fruit trees on the property. An Italian winemaker named Johnny Garetto bought the land in 1927 and farmed it until 1961, when he sold to Beringer.
After 20 years as a storage facility, the dilapidated winery buildings were purchased by Gerret and Tatiana Copeland, along with 30 acres of the surrounding land.
Over the years, the Copelands continued to update the property, expanding the vineyards to 100 acres, and invested their time and passion into building a sustainable, family-owned estate.
The orchestration of different yeasts coupled with sur lie aging in stainless steel tanks as well as French oak barrels of different ages, toast levels and origins create an array of unique wines. Only the finest wines are combined in late spring into the vibrant final blend, showcasing the best of our estate. You will find layered, lovely aromas of fuji apple, clementines, kaffir lime and jasmine. A rich, yet tangy palate showcases flavors of nectarine, lemon curd and brioche with a long lip-smacking finish.
Wine & Spirits, 92 points
Bright, brisk and satisfying in its punch of fresh fruit, this is simple, luscious and delicious. It’s lemony with lasting peppery spice.
Wine Spectator, 91 points
This juicy white is filled with lithe, contoured tropical fruit flavors that show notes of beeswax and brioche. Unctuous mid palate, with a long finish that is plush and richly spiced.
USA, California, Sonoma, Carneros
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