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Frostwatch 2015 Chardonnay Bennett Valley Sonoma County
Frostwatch 2015 Chardonnay Bennett Valley Sonoma County
Frostwatch 2015 Chardonnay Bennett Valley

The 2015 vintage was a very good one for Bennett Valley Chardonnay. This wine has continued to round out and expand on that “bell curve” that we seek to achieve regarding all of our Frostwatch wines—bright entry, luscious mid-palate and lengthy finish. Recent reviews for this wine include 93 points from James Laube of The Wine Spectator …“delightfully rich and lively, yet packed with a long layered aftertaste that keeps you coming back for more.”… (As the maker of this wine, I can’t help but point out that the 93 point score put our Frostwatch on par with a $215 Peter Michael Chardonnay!) The wine also earned 90 points from The Wine Enthusiast and a Gold Medal at the 2018 American Fine Wine Competition.

Wine Enthusiasts - 90 Points

Heady in voluptuous up-front oak, this wine's rich full-bodied character continues with a taste of brioche and caramel apple. The creaminess on the palate is met by buoyant underlying acidity.







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California – Bennett Valley - Sonoma County

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The Story of the Name

Bennett Valley's climate may be dominated by marine influences during the growing season, but in the early spring and late fall the local climate is more continental in nature and diurnal temperature fluctuations become more extreme. Chilly air sloughs off the face of Bennett Peak and settles over our vineyard, it's further "down valley" progress impeded by a low ridge at the back of the property. In the early spring when the buds are swollen and new shoots are beginning to push we are frequently awakened in the middle of the night by an alarm that is set to go off just before temperatures dip below freezing. Brett bundles up and goes out to start the frost control system - overhead micro-jet sprinklers that put just enough water on the vines to prevent frost damage. Every few years we have a really cold night and the alarm goes off shortly after we go to bed. When this happens, we wake up the next morning to find our fruiting spurs encased in ice and icicles hanging from the trellis wires. Quite a sight! In the later part of October, temperatures will once again dip low in the early morning hours. The most visible impact of this fall chill is beautiful foliage that can be observed in the vineyard, primarily in the lower sections of the vineyard.

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