Neyers Vineyards

Vintner Tales

June 17, 2020

Old World Meet New

By Bruce Neyers

Shot-Wente selection Chardonnay at the Larson Vineyard

Shot-Wente selection Chardonnay at the Larson Vineyard

We’ve been admirers of famed Sherry-Lehmann Wines & Spirits for many years, so we were more than a little flattered when they selected our 2018 Chardonnay ‘304’ last week for one of their special wine offerings of the day. They sent out the following notice to their mailing list of wine buyers:

Very few Chardonnays in the world are able to ride the line between old world and new world styles quite the way Neyers 304 Chardonnay does. Born from a love of artisinally made Chablis, this wine came about because of a particularly well-suited vineyard that effectively mimicked the terroir of Chablis. The vineyard is located in the coldest part of the Carneros District, where vines are grown in the bed of an old creek that had been diverted 50 years ago, leaving behind a deep layer of rocks. It was planted to an heirloom Chardonnay selection that lent itself well to winemaking without the use of oak. The Chablisienne are known for making their Chardonnays in stainless steel, so it was christened “Chardonnay 304” after the wine industry’s name for stainless steel vinification tanks. What you’ll find in this bottle is pure fruit that offers plenty of Chardonnay classic aromas. Think golden delicious apples, with hints of pear and honeysuckle. On the palate it is lean and crisp, yet has plenty of generous apple and pear flavors echoing the palate, followed by just the right amount of acidity. The next time you feel like reaching for a crisp white, give this California-meets-Chablis hybrid a try!

Our thanks go to the management and staff at Sherry-Lehmann for this recognition. We are still shipping this exotic bottling of Chardonnay that combines the best of old-world style with new-world grace.

Our 2018 Chardonnay '304'

Our 2018 Chardonnay ‘304’