Helen Keplinger er vinmager hos Carte Blanche. Har bla stået bag legendariske Bryant Family og med samme ejerskab som 1 Cru Haut Brion. Så kan det ikke gå helt galt og vinene fra dette hus er i særklase fantastiske.
This infamous vineyard, owned and farmed by the one and only, Ulises Valdez, is home to the longtime prized clones of Wente and Robert Young Chardonnay. The wine is comprised of both clones, 75% Wente and 25% Robert Young, providing everything we love about Chardonnay – depth, weight, finesse, brightness – all fittingly strung together in seamless harmony. The vineyard is six miles from the Pacific Ocean and contains a unique mix of sand and clay – the “Sebastopol Clays.” The 2019 UV Vineyard Chardonnay is a gorgeous, intense, racy wine of great purity. The nose is layered with lemon curd, lemon zest, orange blossom, Asian pear, oyster shell, and raw almond. On the palate, the wine is ample, yet with great tension and drive, with acidity lifting flavors of lemon curd, hazelnut, fresh pear, and pastry flour with just a hint of fresh sage. 375 cases produced.
“These Carte Blanche releases are made by the talented Helen Keplinger. The 2018 Chardonnay UV Vineyard offers an impressive, medium to full-bodied, nicely reductive style as well as notes of lemon curd, white flowers, hazelnuts, and integrated oak. It’s beautifully balanced and a gorgeous, classic Sonoma Coast Chardonnay.” 96 point Jeb Dunnuck om årgang 2018. Faktisk har de sidste 3 årgange fået 96 point. 2019 er endnu ikke anmeldt.