Neyers Vineyards

Vintner Tales

June 5, 2020

A Well-Developed White from Heirloom Shot-Wente Selection

by Bruce Neyers

Cluster of Shot-Wente selection Chardonnay grapes

A cluster of Shot-Wente selection Chardonnay – note the mix of small and large berries

The June 2020 issue of The Somm Journal included a review of our 2017 Chardonnay ‘Carneros District’, scoring it 93 POINTS.

Neyers Vineyards 2017 Carneros Chardonnay
“The heirloom Shot-Wente in this well-developed white is grown in three different Carneros vineyards. The selection was first developed in 1938 by the Wente Brothers in the Livermore Valley. Its ratio of skin to juice enhances the flavor profile of the wine, fermented in 100% French oak (30% new). Subtle but irresistible aromas of pear and white flowers persist on the palate, along with lemon, quince, tangerine blossom, and defined salinity. Italian herbs show on the finish.” Score: 93 POINTS

We still have some of this lovely California Chardonnay available for sale. Thanks!

Chardonnay vine

A 54 year-old Chardonnay vine on the ranch of Jim and Del Yamakawa