2006 Huge Bear Chardonnay
Wine Spectator Online
September 15, 2008
"Pure, rich, spicy baked apple and melon flavors are appealing, with a hint of butterscotch..." –James Laube
The Press Democrat
August 28, 2008
"The first wines from Knights Valley-based producer Huge Bear are just coming out and they're well worth drinking..." - Virginie Boone
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Winemaker’s Tasting Notes:
Light straw gold color highlights the food-friendly focus of this wine, with a fruit character of fresh apple, Bartlett pear, subtle notes of flowers and butter cream that persist in the finish. The nose is of apple, pear, smoky brioche, and sweet oak. The taste mirrors the nose with a hint of bacon in the long finish that is smooth and balanced.
Grapes picked before 8 a.m. for cold delivery, gently pressed and transferred to tank for cold settling. Transferred to 100% French oak for fermentation, with 25% going through secondary malolactic fermentation. Yeast lees were stirred weekly during aging to encourage flavor development, notably butter and creamy aromas.
Age of Vines: Fifteen years
Harvest Dates: September 28, 2006
Barrels: Fermented in French Oak
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Malolactic Fermentation: 25%
Date Bottled: July 5, 2007
Release Date: June, 2008
Total Production: <100 cases
Suggested Retail Price: $40
Food Pairings: Enjoy this wine now through 2011 with bacon wrapped scallops, grilled lemon chicken, or roast pork with grilled pears.