Langtry Genevieve Vineyard Chardonnay 2008

Langtry Estate, Guenoc Valley, Genevieve Vineyard, Chardonnay 2008 This is a rich Chardonnay that provides a multiplex experience, to borrow from the film industry.

The nose features tropical fruit and toasty, nuttiness. In the mouth the tropical fruit is fully on display, with buttery richness and a sense of the oak. The thickness of texture makes this wine compelling while a citrussy burst of acidity provides balance. I would even suggest that this Chardonnay is decadent, enjoyable as a stand-alone glass of wine, in the way that it satisfies on many levels.

Genevieve is a 10 acre vineyard situated just east of the historic home of Lillie Langtry. A portion of the wine was fermented in French oak barrels and and some was also treated to malolactic.

The winemaker is Erik Stine, who is doing a bang-up job of bringing this winery back into the public eye.  Produced and bottled in Middletown, up above Calistoga 14.5% available for $35 at the winery, the gift of a friend in Lake County langtryestate.com

About Ray

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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