Chardonnay - Motifs - Sonoma County - 2015


100% Chardonnay
Barrel Fermented Full malolactic fermentation Raised 10 months in once-used French oak

Our first release from vintage 2015 arrives with the inaugural release of Motifs Chardonnay. A wine of such incredible charm and lip-smacking goodness, it can not land in your glass soon enough. The third twin to last year’s wildly successful Pinot Noir and Syrah of the same moniker, but this may be the best of the bunch! We certainly think so, and have a growing pile of empties in the recycle bin to prove it.

The critics have been clued in as well. Wine Spectator featured Motifs Chardonnay in their "13 Expressive California Chardonnays" Tasting Report, bestowing 91 points upon it, "core of apple and citrus flavors. The acidity lends vibrancy and drive, while the finish is clean and spicy, presenting a green apple edge." And, Lisa Perrotti-Brown from The Wine Advocate scored the wine 90 points with the following note "It offers unadulterated notes of ripe peaches, fresh pears and cream-drizzled apricots with a touch of baking bread. Medium bodied with a great backbone of lively acid cutting through the generous stone fruit flavors, it finishes long and pure." Who are we to argue with a master of wine?!?

Our take, best served with a happy chill to further accentuate the already bright flavors. A wine you will find disappears almost as quickly as it pours. Clean, crisp and exactingly fruited with red apple skin and stone fruit, this is a Chardonnay built for summer. A wine that will sip well, long into those warm summer nights ahead. Find a patio, deck or porch swing, throw ice in a bucket and find that punt! It's going to be easier than you think.


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