Chardonnay, Wayfarer, Wayfarer Vineyard, Fort Ross – Seaview AVA, Sonoma County, California, 14.5% abv, 2014, US$89

So, a Winellama walks into the new Las Vegas Total Wine and asks whether they carry any wines from California’s Fort Ross-Seaview AVA. “Oh no, most definitely not,” she is told.

Except they do, because after an hour of browsing, I found one.

One bottle – in a store the size of a football field.

It’s at that point that I realize the employee has no idea what an AVA is.

Sigh.  No matter – what a one it is. Gold on the eyes, it has a nose with ripe apricot, fresh Macintosh apple, Meyer Lemon, kernel and rich brioche. With its high acid and juicy palate, it is creamy and deeply layered with flavours of more red apple and peach, honey, spring flower, nuts, French bread and butterscotch. It spent 15 months in oak barrels, and was bottled unfined and unfiltered.

This wine is stunning – WSET Outstanding. Nuanced and light on one hand with the fruit and high acidity and the sparkly minerality, there is at the same time, a contrasting complexity with the creamy body, brioche, nut and butterscotch custard.

Opened and enjoyed at 5 years old in Las Vegas on vacation.

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2 Responses to Chardonnay, Wayfarer, Wayfarer Vineyard, Fort Ross – Seaview AVA, Sonoma County, California, 14.5% abv, 2014, US$89

  1. Keith says:

    So the looks puzzled at the Wine llama and thinks out loud, “What on earth would possess someone to look for a wine from Fort Ross- Seaview AVA?? Other than the obvious answer, it tasted outstanding..”
    Love your sense of adventure my friend!!

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