Wente Vineyards - The Nth Degree Chardonnay - 750ml
The n th degree is a selection of handcrafted, limited production wines created by Fifth Generation Winemaker, Karl D. Wente. The focus of this small lot program is to create wines that reflect the distinctive terroir of the Wente family’s estate vineyards in Livermore Valley and Arroyo Seco, Monterey. Each wine must show style and finesse of stellar degree to be included in The n th degree program. Only the best of the best, regardless of vintage or variety, achieve this distinction.
Farmed from our Karl and Herman vineyards in the Livermore Valley. Our Herman vineyard is a part of our heritage program, which produces unique and consistent flavors in our fruit. Our heritage program consists of the descendant of the original Chardonnay brought to our property in 1912. Since then, we have continued the selection process of the vines that display the growth qualities and desired flavors that we then harvest for our wine. Our Karl vineyard produces very ripe, flavorful fruit because of the sun exposure due to highly controlled vigor as well as the soil type that it sits on. The soil has a better water holding capacity which produces different flavors in the berries. The combination of ripe, flavorful fruit from the Karl vineyard blended with the unique flavors that come from the Herman vineyard produces an elegant Chardonnay with bright acidity and big flavors.
WINEMAKING The grapes were barrel-fermented for three weeks where they underwent 100% malolactic fermentation in French and neutral French oak barrels. The wine was then aged sur lie in the same barrels for 14 months. Battonage was performed weekly to increase mouthfeel and complexity.
TASTING NOTES Our n th degree Chardonnay has a beautiful toast aromatic, reminiscent of crème brûlée or toasted marshmallow, rounded by the acidity of ripe lemon. This wine is decadent with a creamy mouthfeel and nice acidity.
APPELLATION Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay
VARIETAL: 100% Chardonnay
WINEMAKER Karl D. Wente