2019 Etude Grace Benoist Ranch Carneros Chardonnay 750ml
Winery Notes- From six special acres in the heart of the Grace Benoist Ranch, Etude Estate Chardonnay is truly representative of all that is captivating about Carneros. A delightful expression of Chardonnay, that is elegant and restrained, crafted with the intention to showcase the fruit and terroir, so there is no malolactic fermentation and the lightest touch of oak. Intriguing aromas of white floral blossom, citrus and toast pique interest, while layered flavors of stone-fruit, citrus peel, Golden Delicious apple and Honeydew melon are interwoven together, demonstrating a sinuously savory minerality, a signature from Grace Benoist Ranch. Abundant mouth-watering acidity, balanced with tremendous structure and a soft, round texture all enhance this “whisper of a Chardonnay”, and are hallmarks of the classic signature of this wine each vintage.
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VINOUS REVIEW: The 2019 Chardonnay Grace Benoist Ranch is a blend taken from five blocks on the ranch, all on lighter soils that confer elegance and freshness. Citrus peel, mint and white flowers are some of the many aromas and flavors that give this expressive Chardonnay so much appeal. From top to bottom, this is a superb set of wines from Etude and winemaker Jon Priest.
JAMES SUCKLING REVIEW: A fresh and zesty chardonnay with sliced cooked-apple, lemon and light vanilla character. It’s medium-to full-bodied with a creamy and bright finish. Hints of yogurt and apple pie at the end with energetic acidity.
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