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Since 1993 Bonterra has been producing wine from 100% organic grapes. For those wondering what that means, they use certified organic practices, which include composting, cover crops and biodiversity.
All of their wines must pass Demeter Certification before it can carry the Biodynamic designation. What is the Biodynamic designation? They have to be certified by Demeter and live up to the Biodynamic farm and processing standards. The farm standards are a comprehensive organic farming method that requires the creation and management of a closed system minimally dependent on imported materials.
The Demeter Biodynamic processing standard fundamentally ensures an unbroken chain of accountability from the farm to the finished product. The standards protect against manipulation of the Biodynamic agricultural ingredients as much as possible and allow for the integrity to define the product.
This Bontera 2011 Chardonnay was suppose to get to me in time for a winechat, but unfortunately UPS didn’t receive the memo and the packaged arrived 2 days late.
The Chardonnay fruit in this wine comes from Mendocino and 54% we fermented in a combination of neutral French and American oak, 16% was in new oak and was allowed to undergo malolactic fermentation. The remaining 30% was fermented in stainless steel. This is was reserves the crisp fruit flavors you get in this wine.
The wine had aromas of melon, pineapple and hints of floral and honey. The palate showed green apple, citrus and lime. It had a nice rounded mouth feel due to the malolactic fermentation and there was a slight bitter note on the finish.
This wine retails for $14.00
Disclaimer: I received this wine as a media sample from the winery.
Not sure if I ever told you the story between me, Paul and Eric Flanagan. It all began at a wine tasting at Vintners Collective in Napa. Paul was our chauffeur for a bachelorette party. My friend Diane was getting married (she lives in the Bay area) and he was driving the 5 of us around and was a great sport about it. (Yes I have the best husband!)
The last stop of the day was Vintners Collective and we had a tasting out on their deck. We tasted all reds because the crowd I was with was a red crowd. After the tasting we were all mingling with the other people on the deck and I started talking with Eric Flanagan. Paul came over and Eric and Paul really hit it off. We were invited to his winery in the Bennett Valley which we went to after out tasting a J Vineyards. An email with the gate code found us climbing a mountain, opening two gates and reaching the top where we found Eric and his winery.
He has a really impressive place! We actually did taste this 2009 Chardonnay prior to its release during this visit. That was in 2010. When the wine was released we purchased a couple of bottles and opened one a few weeks ago.
There were 170 cases of this wine produced. The wine is barrel aged in for 15 months in 50% new French oak. The grapes were harvested October 6, 2009 and clocked in at 23.9 brix, T/A of 5.0 and ph 3.96.
The Chardonnay was beautiful, elegant and romantic. Layers of pear, honeysuckle, butter and oak filled the glass. Just the aromas put a romantic feel on the evening. The wine was very nicely balanced with nice expression of the fruit. Apple and butterscotch were dominant with a nice citrus lime finish.
I think this was the last Flanagan Chardonnay. Might have to begin to test the reds.
Today we visit France and the lovely 2010 Unaoked Chardonnay from Les Charmes, Macon-Lugny.
A little history, Cave de Lugny is a cooperative of over 250 wine-growing estates and 1500 hectares all AOC Burgundy-Maconnais. They control approximately 1/3 of production in Southern Burgundy and approximately 50% of the toatl production in Maconnais. All the grapes from this single vineyard Chardonnay come from a vineyard names “Les Charmes” in the commune of Lugny where they have a chalky and limestone soil.
The wine goes through fermentation in controlled stainless steel vats and then racked on the lees for 12 months. The wine is bottled after 12 months. From the soft creamy texture I am assuming it goes through at least 50% malolactic fermentation.
This wine will make a great summer time wine. A nose of citrus and minerals gives way to a soft creamy texture with flavors of pear, green apple and a bit of limestone. The wine is very well balanced and has a hit of spice on the finish.
Disclaimer: This wine was a media sample from Pasternak Imports.