A Fun Wine: Wente Vineyards Small Lot Eric’s Chardonnay

2015 Wente Vineyards Small Lot Eric’s Chardonnay, Livermore Valley, California

Karl Wente has got to be one of the nicest multi-generational family winery owners I have ever met.

Often children born into almost royalty status winery families have a pretentious, entitlement attitude that grates against my southern trailer trash linage nerves. Karl also happens to be one of the best slightly drunken guitar playing troubadours that you can imagine. A genuinely let’s have some fun kind of guy.

His wines mirror that description to a certain degree. I wish more winemakers were as concerned about how much fun the wine is to drink. This wine really is a lot of fun to drink. Primary fermentation was completed cold in stainless steel tanks.

The citrus zest, juicy apple and pear aromas meet your olfactory receptors like the welcome wagon after a couple of swirls in the glass.  Starting with tropical combination of flavors with ripe pineapple and melon in the forefront and following with hints of honeysuckle and orange blossom on the finish. Grilled and chilled shrimp marinated in orange zest, red chili flake, garlic and parsley will get the party started and pair well with this wine. Fire it up!

Rating: Excellent (90) | $28 | 13.5 % ABV

Wente Vineyards Small Lot Eric's Chardonnay


About the Author:

Marc has held almost every position in the food & wine industry and is committed to Celebrating Hospitality with Pride. In addition to being the co-founder and editor-at-large for Enobytes, Marc is a wine blogger contributor to OregonLive.com (Wine Bytes) and writes the Wine Knowledge column in the print magazine About Face. The Contra Costa County Times, San Jose Mercury News, Tacoma Times Tribune and Washington Post have either interviewed or quoted Marc on his viniferous and culinary opinions. Marc has also appeared on Portland's "Vine Time" on News Radio 750 KXL and on California's Central Coast "From the Growing of the Grape to the Glass" on KUHL-AM 1410. He is also the author of A History of Pacific Northwest Cuisine: Mastodons to Molecular Gastronomy. While continuing to tenaciously search for what he may finally proclaim as his favorite wine Marc is relentless in his quest for the ultimate food and wine experience.

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