2008 Huge Bear Chardonnay
“In my experience, I have found Huge Bear Chardonnay, out of Sonoma ($40) to be a consistent show for Chardonnay in all of its oaked, malolactic glory.”
Winemaker’s Tasting Notes: Vibrant light gold color highlights the food-friendly focus of this wine, with a fruit character of fresh apple, Bartlett pear, subtle notes of linden flower, minerality and butter cream that persist in the finish. The nose is of apple, pear, smoky brioche, lemon custard and sweet oak. The taste mirrors the nose with a long finish that is smooth and balanced.
Winemaking Techniques: 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 creamy aroma.
Age of Vines: Seventeen years
Harvest Dates: September 22, 2008
Barrels: French Oak, 50% new
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Malolactic Fermentation: 25%
Date Bottled: June 2, 2009
Release Date: TBD
Total Production: 250
Suggested Retail Price: $40
Food Pairings: Huge Bear Chardonnay is a rich mouth-watering wine that pairs erfectly with roasted free-range chicken and grilled Pacific salmon.