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