Posts Tagged Wente

Celebrating National Chardonnay Day the Wente Way

Bet you didn’t know that today (Thursday, May 21) is National Chardonnay Day. We here at Wine Lines can think of no better way of commemorating the occasion than by sharing reviews of three recent releases by a true pioneer in California... Read more

2013 Wente ‘Riva Ranch’ Chardonnay, Arroyo Seco, Monterey

While Wente’s historic home is California’s Livermore Valley, the family also has a well-sited vineyard in the Arroyo Seco area of Monterey County, which has proven to be an ideal setting for growing Chardonnay. The 2013 Riva Ranch Chardonnay... Read more

2014 Wente ‘Eric’s’ Chardonnay, Livermore Valley

The Wente family has been making wine in California for a long time — including America’s first varietally-labeled Chardonnay in 1936. Today, fourth-generation winegrower Eric Wente prefers the “unoaked” style, and that’s why this wine... Read more

2013 Wente ‘Morning Fog’ Chardonnay, Livermore Valley

Bright medium straw in hue, this wine shows toasty oak, smoke and some butter in the nose, leading to plump tropical fruit in the mouth. It’s a workhorse, value-priced wine that would pair nicely with simple fare such a grilled chicken or a turkey... Read more

2012 Wente ‘Charles Wetmore’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Livermore Valley

Nearly opaque purple/ruby. Where the ‘Southern Hills’ bottling is a brass band, this red is more complex, more orchestral. Chocolate notes from oak part to reveal a deep concentration of black berry fruits and black plum. There’s an abundance... Read more

2012 Wente ‘Southern Hills’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Livermore Valley

Opaque dark ruby/purple color in the glass. Varietal aromas of blackberry jam, cassis, high-toned wood spices, licorice, bell pepper, tobacco, and olive. It is juicy and fruit-driven in the mouth, picking up moderate, rounded tannins after... Read more

2013 Wente ‘Riva Ranch’ Chardonnay, Arroyo Seco, Monterey

Clear straw color with an occasional light green glint. The nose shows an ample concentration of ripe apple and stone fruit, with notes of brown spices, vanilla, and butter. The juicy, spiced fruit expands in the mouth, finishing with a kiss of... Read more

2013 Wente ‘Morning Fog’ Chardonnay, Livermore Valley

Clear straw color. The perfumed nose delivers white flowers, citrus, notes of stone fruit, vanilla, and butter. It is lively in the mouth, picking up hints of green apple. Medium in weight, this is not an over-extracted, over-oaked Chardonnay.... Read more