January 22, 2018

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Bright, creamy, and fresh with notes of baked apple pie, honeysuckle, toasted hazelnuts, vanilla, and cinnamon. Long finish. This wine can easily age for another twenty years.

Daily Wine 1/22/18:

Kalin Cellars – Cuvée W – Chardonnay – Livermore Valley – 1988

  • This wine is 100% Chardonnay from the Wente clone and the Wente Estate Vineyard located near Livermore.
  • Current release of this wine is 1995.
  • The Wente clone was brought from Burgundy by the Wente family at the beginning of the 20th century.
  • Soils here are thin, iron-rich clay with 20-30 feet of gravel subsoil.
  • Grapes were harvested by hand and the juice was fermented in 50% new French oak barrels for ten months.
  • The wine was racked, clarified by bentonite fining, and bottled without filtration.
  • The Wente clone is a low-yielding clone that provides great depth, complexity and style when paired with the ideal climate and soil.
  • Kalin Cellars was founded in 1977 and is located just north of San Francisco in Marin County.
  • Only Terry and Frances Leighton are between the grape and the bottle.
  • Kalin Cellars pioneered the production of unfiltered, sur lies aged white wines in California. 
  • The production lies around 7000 cases per year of 100% single vintage and single vineyard wines.
  • Every wine that they offer is a “library wine.”
  • White wines are often released five to ten years following the vintage and red wines are often released six to ten years after.
  • Other varietals produced are Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
  • In special vintages a late-harvest dessert wine (Cuvee d’Or) from botrytis-affectred Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc is produced.
  • Pair this with poached eggs, beurre blanc, and salmon.

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