2010 Chardonnay, Sonoma Valley 750ml 3-Pack
The 2010 Chardonnay was produced from a blend of grapes from the Collins vineyard in Carneros, Hobert Nelson’s steep, east facing vineyard on Sonoma Mountain, and their Estate vineyard. As with the wonderful 2009 vintage, Wellington Vineyards cold fermented about 25% of the total blend in stainless steel and used a limited amount of new oak for the barrel fermented portion.
This medium bodied Chardonnay features complex aromas and flavors of pear, citrus, green apple, elder flower, nutmeg and a hint of toasty oak, with sufficient acid to give a clean, crisp finish. In describing this wine, the term nervosity comes to mind. It is bright and lively and will make a much superior dinner companion than so many of the sweet, oaky, disjointed Chardonnays being produced these days.
2010 Roussanne, Sonoma County 750ml 3-Pack
Aromas of green apple and Asian pear, honeysuckle, wet wool, and decadent tropical fruit. The palate is rich and viscous, with a clean, dry finish devoid of sweetness or heat.
2011 Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma Valley 750ml 3-Pack
Wellington Vineyards doesn’t like making Sauvignon Blanc in a Chardonnay “wannabe” style. They try to be true to the grapes’ natural character rather than transform it into another “international style” cookie-cutter wine.
The Sauvignon Blanc came from Indian Springs Ranch and Fallenleaf Vineyard, both on the western slopes of Sonoma Valley. Wellington again included small amounts of old vine Semillon and Muscadelle de Bordelais, Sauvignon Blanc’s traditional partners in Bordeaux. They also included a small amount of Viognier. They tank fermented a portion to maximize freshness and barrel fermented a portion for added richness and texture. The Semillon and Muscadelle add notes of fig and passionfruit, while the Viognier accents the peach and floral aspects of Sauvignon blanc. The primary aromas are citrus Grapefruit, mandarin, lime), passionfruit and mineral (wet stone), with notes of melon, pineapple, gooseberry and guava. The texture is silky smooth without heaviness and a crisp, fresh finish that features a slight hint of chalk. To maintain freshness, Wellington bottled their Sauvignon Blanc in a screw cap finish bottle.
2012 The Duchess, Sonoma Valley White Wine 750ml 3-Pack
Citrus (orange, tangerine, lemon, grapefruit) aromas dominate, with notes of melon, honeysuckle, peach, jasmine and fig. On the palate there is richness and viscosity nicely balanced by crisp acidity. The finish is quite dry, with good length - a much more serious wine than the price point would indicate.