Chardonnay, 2020. Perseverance

Chardonnay, 2020. Perseverance

Item #: V1222W1
Vintage: 2020
Varietal: Chardonnay
Vineyard/Appellation: California
Color: Medium Yellow
Nose: Tropical, Spicy
Palate: Rich, Extracted
Finish: Lovely Texture
Rating: 97
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now thru 2024/Fish, Fowl, Vegetarian/13.5% Alcohol by Volume

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There used to be a saying many years ago that "Big is bad." The thought trend here is that if you're small, you pay attention to detail and are maniacal about quality control. That theory has a measure of legitimacy when you're crafting precision parts for a watch or a violin. It is pretty much the opposite when discussing wine and most agricultural products.

You can create those violin and watch parts, but Mother Nature creates the grapes from which you can make wine and she can be brutal sometimes. A small operation doesn't have the manpower or technology to monitor the process of crushing grapes and finishing the resultant wine.

O'Neill Vintner's, producer of our selection, does. They monitor everything 24/7 making sure they know of a problem before a human can. You have to. After all, they produce more than 2,000 cases a day. One can't even comprehend an operation of that magnitude without an amazing infrastructure and a staff to run it. O'Neill possess all of that and more.

As a result, they can craft a wine like Perseverance, at a price that their competition can't. Chosen from their cooler sites along the coast, our selection blends the perfect soil and climate to release a lovely scent of butterscotch and green apple mixed with small doses of clover honey, lemon peel and kiwi.

The racy aromas and flavors of Asian pear and tropical fruit that could stand up to Korean BBQ chicken wings, smoked salmon with dill or even trout almandine on top of buttered mustard greens.