Chardonnay, 2014. Langetwins

Chardonnay, 2014. Langetwins

Item #: V0716W1DC
Vintage: 2014
Varietal: Chardonnay
Vineyard/Appellation: Lodi, California
Color: Medium straw
Nose: Lovely apple and citrus
Palate: Imposing, but not overpowering
Finish: Lingering apple
Rating: 95
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now thru 2018/Seafood, fowl/Alcohol 13.9%

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The Winery: It's no secret how this winery got its name. Randall and Brad Lange are, yup, twins. They grew up on the family farm in Lodi that their grandparents settled nearly 150 years ago. The ranch began growing watermelons before advancing to other produce and eventually grapes, which they sold to wineries in the area. The wines made from those grapes became so successful, the twins began to think about making their own.

In 1974 they did just that and LangeTwins was born shortly thereafter. As the enterprise grew, so did the family and by 1982 the fifth generation Lange was now on board. Slow is the operative word here. They didn't blast on the scene with loads of equipment, glitz and debt. They produced enough to sell and added when appropriate.

It wasn't until 2006 that they entertained the thought of building a winery. Again, patience paid off as they slowly ramped up until it became prudent to advance. Today LangeTwins winery is a modern showplace and an incredibly beautiful operation. Everyone in the family is involved and committed, and it shows in this pristine estate winery.

The Region: Clarksburg is in the Lodi appellation and LangeTwins are proud members of the Lodi Rules Sustainable Wine-Growing Standards. Lodi Rules is one of the most, if not the most, stringent set of standards for certification in the industry.

The rules are relatively simple but explicit. They have to be measurable. They have to address at least one of the three aspects of sustainability with regard to environmental health, social equity, and economic viability and they have to be economically feasible to implement. Once certified, a winery must still commit to sustaining each point, and submit to inspection in order to keep their certification.

The Wine: Lodi is considered Central California and gets pigeon holed in with Modesto and Madeira as being a hot climate. Nothing could be further from the truth. Yes, on the map it sure looks like they're part of the same climate, but because of the valley that stretches from San Francisco directly in to Lodi, the temperature can be 15 degrees cooler than their neighbors.

That's what accounts for the voluptuous flavors green apple and kiwi, the snappy acidity and long finish of this exceptional wine that only Lange can produce.

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