Vineyard: Wente Estate

AppellationLivermore Valley

Wineries sourcing from this vineyard

Reviewed wines produced from this vineyard

2007 Lynmar Estate Wente Selection Russian River Valley Chardonnay

14.4% alc., pH 3.44, 880 cases, $35. Sourced from two small vineyards, mostly natural fermentation, aged in 45% new French oak barrels for 14 months 100% MLF. A one-time bottling as the fruit will no longer be available to Lynmar. · This was clearly the group’s favorite. Terrific nose featuring cut flowers, roasted nuts and spices. Rich and viscous on the palate with impressive persistence of the citrus and spicy notes on the bright finish. Very good. Reviewed June 22, 2010 WINERY » ARTICLE »

1996 Kalin Cellars Livermore Valley Semillon

13.8% alc., The grapes come from the Wente Estate Vineyard near Livermore planted in the 1880s from Chateau d’Yquem cuttings. 25% Sauvignon Blanc. · Hard to find a 10 year old California white wine this good. Exotic aromas of char, toast and banana. Flavors of coconut, banana, charred corn and well-toasted crème brulee. A treat to drink. Reviewed August 24, 2007 WINERY » ARTICLE »

1994 Kalin Cellars Livermore Valley Semillon

13.5% alc., released March 2003. Sourced from the Wente Estate Vineyard located near Livermore. The vines were planted in the 1880s from Chateau d'Yquem cuttings brought to Livermore by Charles Wetmore. Wente gave up trying to sell Semillon to the American public, but the Leightons were happy to take the grapes, believing, "Semillion can produce wines which are fully comparable to the highest levels of quality realized in dry white wines regardless of the grape variety involved." 20%-25% Sauvignon Blanc is added. The wine was fermented in French oak barrels for 10 months. Bottled with fining, but with no filtration in August 1997. · Golden yellow in color. Appealing aromas of buttered toast, pear and butterscotch. The rich flavors of ripe tropical fruits, roasted nuts and wax are delicious. The wine has a sensuous and viscous mouth feel and the oak is perfectly integrated. A seamless wine of great distinction that can easily age another ten years. I tried this one with Sichuan orange shrimp lettuce wraps and it was a perfect match. Reviewed June 12, 2006 WINERY »