Chardonnay, 2020. Back Story

Chardonnay, 2020. Back Story

Item #: C0921W1DC
Vintage: 2020
Varietal: Chardonnay
Vineyard/Appellation: California
Color: Glistening Gold
Nose: Perfume
Palate: Apple, Pear
Finish: Lip Smacking
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now thru 2024/Fish, Fowl, Vegetarian/13% Alcohol by Volume

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Every wine has a backstory and our selection pays homage to that concept. We tend to look at a bottle of wine as something that just marvelously appeared on our table, without considering how someone had planted the grapes, picked them, and went through the process of making the wine. All those facts make up the intriguing backstory of this wine.

Harvesting the grapes provides the most kinetic backstory. People scurrying around as fast as their feet will allow either giving or getting directions or many times both to get the grapes to the winery and crushed as soon as possible. It feels like bedlam and sometimes it is, but it always gets done. Things are perhaps much more organized at Backstory though because they are owned by O'Neill Vintners. They are one of the largest and most advanced wine operations in California. They can afford to put the latest technology in place to do nearly everything needed to prohibit human error and even to do things that humans can't. One of those things is infrared imaging of the vines with high tech sensors able to detect problems in a vine's growth. A serious problem could be seen even before the slightest symptoms emerge, which at times can be too late.

This is why all the Backstory wines have a sense of cohesiveness and focus. From the vanilla pudding aromas to the apples and pear palate and the citrus finish, all things are in perfect harmony. Matching this wine with a grilled lobster tail dipped in butter or a scallop mousse would be nothing short of an elixir.