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2003 Bonterra Vineyards Chardonnay
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2003 Bonterra Vineyards Chardonnay

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OBSERVATIONS ON THE 2003 VINTAGE Strange, weird and wonderful capture the roller coaster of the 2003 growing season. It started early, stayed late, and along the way brought upside down weather patterns that found days warm when they should be cool, and cool when they should be warm. Bud break for Chardonnay began to creep out in the warmest hillsides in February following an exceptionally mild winter. We had rain and cold in April, warm May days, showers in June and thunderstorms in July. Go fig...

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OBSERVATIONS ON THE 2003 VINTAGE Strange, weird and wonderful capture the roller coaster of the 2003 growing season. It started early, stayed late, and along the way brought upside down weather patterns that found days warm when they should be cool, and cool when they should be warm. Bud break for Chardonnay began to creep out in the warmest hillsides in February following an exceptionally mild winter. We had rain and cold in April, warm May days, showers in June and thunderstorms in July. Go fig...

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  • Wine.com
    OBSERVATIONS ON THE 2003 VINTAGE Strange, weird and wonderful capture the roller coaster of the 2003 growingseason. It started early, stayed late, and along the way brought upside downweather patterns that found days warm when they should be cool, and coolwhen they should be warm. Bud break for Chardonnay began to creep out inthe warmest hillsides in February following an exceptionally mild winter. Wehad rain and cold in April, warm May days, showers in June and thunderstormsin July. Go figure.While we worried about rain during harvest, we found instead a beautifulIndian Summer that let grapes hang and develop full flavors, with higher acidsthat lead to this vintage having a bright, crisp showing that should be verypleasing. Flavors were even more concentrated as most vineyards found yieldsfor Chardonnay 20-30% below average, allowing vines to concentrate energyin the fruit. Judicious shoot thinning and the careful eye that comes withorganic farming led, in the end, to one of the most memorable vintages of thenew century so far. TASTING NOTES FROM WINEMAKER ROBERT BLUE Our style continues to evolve toward a more international benchmark, withfruit forward expressions characterized by a lighter touch of oak. It's new styleChardonnay, which captures the best of the vintage. Classic Mendocinoaromas of crisp green apples are followed with hints of toasty oak spice. TheDijon clone offers up definitive baked apple notes, with a touch of vanilla.Rounding out first impressions are lemony citrus tones that add complexityand brightness to the wine. Once in the mouth, you'll find this Chardonnayto be well balanced, with the higher acids predominant in thisvintage providing a solid backbone. A creamy mid-palate givesway to a slightly caramelized flavor leading to an extended, lingering,bright fruit finish. It's a multi-dimensional wine made more flavorful by thewonderful organic fruit we're privileged to farm. THE BONTERRA PHILOSOPHY We honor the land by farming organically, creating rich soils that providehealthy vines the opportunity to deliver wonderfully flavorful fruit. Withevery sip of Bonterra wine, you can taste our natural commitment. There's noother way to fully capture the expression of our Mendocino terroir. David Koball, Vineyard Manager
  • Wine Enthusiast
    Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast.
  • Vintage Chart
    Rating for United States-California: 91 (slightly better than average year)

    Drinkability: drink now