This Chardonnay delivers a lot of complexity and character. Well-balanced for an oaky Chardonnay, this creamy wine underwent 100% malolactic fermentation giving it a very rich and luxurious mouthfeel. This wine has some cinnamon and baked apple pie flavors. 14 months in 33% new French oak from Burgundy gives this wine a nice clean backbone. Very drinkable and food friendly. For anyone who wants to test the waters of truly great (and ageable) Chardonnay, this is the wine.
I met Bill Hunter at his winery (located in an old apple processing plant) in Sebastopol on a gloomy day in the Fall of 2014. My partner, Scott, dropped me off (he had to go receive our first shipment of boxes at our warehouse) there so I had quite a bit of time to kill which turned out to be lucky. The first thing that caught my eye were the rows of French oak barrels from Tonellerie Sirugue (Nuits-St-George, Burgundy) and Tonellerie François Frères (Saint Romain, Burgundy) stacked all the way to the ceiling. Bill showed me around the space where he has two different presses for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. He also has different rooms that he keeps at very different (and precise) temperatures depending on where the wine is in its creation process. It would be accurate to say that Bill is as passionate about what he produces as any winemaker I've ever met. He clearly couldn't care less about anything but the wine he puts into the bottle - and it really does show. The wines knocked my socks off right away and his Chardonnay has made me understand why lovers of the varietal crave certain styles. He sent me on my way with two boxes of wine filled with samples of his array of different Chardonnays and Pinot Noir. After walking about half a mile to the nearest gas station, I sat on the cases of wine and twiddled my thumbs for an hour until Scott picked me up. Upon tasting the first wine - the Vrai Cote Pinot Noir - I knew the wines were special.
Vrai Cote, which means "true coast" in French, is the second label from master of Burgundian varieties, Bill Hunter. Bill Hunter is best known for his Chasseur (means "hunter" in French) label of wines and has created a name for making stunning expressions of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with fruit from some of the best vineyards on the true Sonoma Coast. These wines contain declassified barrels from his other wines and represent a tremendous value.More from this winery
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