past vintages of chardonnay


2013 Chardonnay

476 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
$45
label - big table farm honey bee

Barrel fermented in mixed age French oak producing a medium clear lemon color. This wine has a luminescent, straw color with a subtle sheen. Meyer lemon, white nectarine, baking spice, and salt water taffy on the nose. The palette offers up warm oak spice, sandalwood, and stone fruit.

With a lemon-butter-cream texture, this wine is lush yet still very bright and fresh. Lively acidity, with a custard type of roundness/richness, and the warm oak spice follows through on the pallet. Delicious balance between richness and freshness.

As with all our whites, this wine will reward you for cellaring.

scores—
94 points — Wine & Spirits Magazine
Year's Best Chardonnay — Wine & Spirits Magazine
93 points — Wineanorak
91 points — Wine Spectator
90 points — The Pinot File


2012 Chardonnay

248 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
$42 (sold out)
label - big table farm honey bees

Barrel fermented in mixed age French oak, producing a medium clear lemon color. On first opening this wine will burst from the glass with aromas of wax, mineral, and white flower.

If consumed within 2 -3 months of release leave it open and enjoy it on day two- you will be rewarded with red apple skin, pear, white flowers, pineapple, passion fruit, lemon candy. Toasty oak, vanilla, white flower. Acidity is medium and will still hold into day three giving honey, walnut skins and mushroom.

You can drink now but likely one more year till this wine gives its all and will age gracefully.

scores-
95 points- Wine Spectator


2011 Chardonnay

136 cases produced
unfined and unfiltered
$42 (sold out)
label - big table farm honey bees

Having worked with chardonnay extensively at Neyers Vineyards and Marcassin, Brian is excited to finally be able to offer our own. 60% of the fruit comes from the Bieze vineyard, which shares a fence line with the eponymous seven springs vineyard. The balance of the blend comes from the Wirtz vineyard which dates back to the early 70's.

Barrel fermented in mixed aged French oak (no new oak) to produce a lively wine with a voluminous bouquet of flint, cereal grain, vanilla, lemon and green pear. The palate of this wine is rich with cider apples, bees wax, nougat, yeast and yet the perfectly balanced acids will carry this wine into the future.

scores-
91 points- Wine Spectator
90 points- Robert Parker- Wine Advocate