Lot 812 | 2016 Bennett Valley
A critically acclaimed Chard shiner from one of Sonoma's smallest appellations.
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- Bennett Valley
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- Now through 2024
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Nestled between the Sonoma Coast, Sonoma Mountain, and Sonoma Valley AVAs, the Bennett Valley is a tiny gem of a sub-appellation that sits right in the path of flowing winds and fog as it rolls in from the Pacific. Well-drained volcanic soils combine with the cool climate to provide perfect vineyard conditions for the handful of wineries that farm the few hundred acres that make up this little slice of Sonoma.
Lot 812 comes to us from a decorated winemaker who embodies old-world traditions alongside modern flourishes to great effect – whole cluster pressed and inoculated with native yeasts for complexity, the wine is tamed into the classic California profile through sur lie aging before spending just under two years in French oak barrels. Bottled unfiltered and aged an additional three years, this is a spectacular 2016 vintage shiner that we acquired direct from the winery’s cellars that is absolutely singing now after its long hibernation. Oh, 90 points from the Advocate and a Gold Medal from the SF Chronicle Wine Competition, too. This is our smallest Chardonnay acquisition of the year, so get yours while it lasts!
This is a big mulitflavored wine, very complex. The wine has greatly benefited from the aging process.
I'm not one to write reviews but this wine really stands out. A classic! Won't last long, unfortunately.
Very smooth Chard
Very refreshing and tasteful Chard. Will be ordering again soon.
ON LOT 812 BENNET T CHSRDONAY
I LOVE CHARDONAYS & LOT 812 (BENNETT VALLEY) IS WITHOUT DOUBT ONE OF THE BEST YOU HAVE EVER OFFERED.
We have already re ordered to make sure 812 was available. I did like this taste, especially for summer.
The taste of spice is delicious. It should go with anything.
Classy in all respects
I recently opened a bottle not knowing what to expect. From the foil and cork to the bottom of the bottle, this wine just oozes class. It’s robust and flavorful, the kind of flavor that begs each sip to be savored, not rushed. I’m ordering more for special occasions, or when I want to keep it all for myself.
This wine was terrific! I order more.
A wonderful surprise
Not knowing the inner details of the valleys and streams of CA Wine country, we bought this because CH promoted it. It is a gem. There’s a slightly musky flavor on the front end followed by a smooth and even palate-pleasing aftertaste. The wine is absolutely splendid with and without food. We will definitely buy more.
This is a good one. Right amount of oak and well balanced flavor profile
So smooth and easy to drink with a great finish. My wife says it is the best Chard she has had in 30 years!