• Transcendent, regal quality commands attention and reminds of Chablis
• Apple blossom, lemon zest, sage, crushed rock; slightly fleshy with a samurai finish
• 91 Vinous
Own-rooted block of Sanford & Benedict, planted to Wente in 1973
Hand harvested; pressed to tank; after onset of fermentation, transferred to barrel to complete primary fermentation and undergo a partial secondary fermentation
15 months on fine lees in 100% French oak, 20% new
• Vinous / Antonio Galloni: 91 The 2016 Chardonnay Sanford & Benedict Vineyard is laced with expressive apricot, honeysuckle, mint and tangerine. Tropical inflections add complexity without overpowering the wine. The 2016 finishes with lovely creaminess in the mid-weight style that is typical of the year. Deovlet sources fruit from one of the sections of the vineyard that is still planted with head-trained vines.