2014 Neyers "Chuy's Vineyard" Sonoma Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1262706 Wine Spectator

 Citrus blossom scents fold over the palate in this crisp, zesty effort that's clean and refreshing. Drink now. (JL, Web-2016)

K&L Notes

We have happily supported Neyers Vineyards for years. It is a winery that has a broad and eclectic range of wines, which I love, as anyone who works in a wine shop would—because variety is the spice of life! They are always balanced, pure, expressive and classic. But when I stopped to think about their range, it made no sense to me until I learned that Bruce Neyers worked for Kermit Lynch—one of the most historically important boutique French wine importers—for years. He’s traveled across France, visiting all the various regions, drinking wine and talking with the some of the most famous winemakers in that country. That has to be inspiring. So, if you had no legal varietal restrictions (as they do in France) and you had access to all of the great California fruit that Neyers does, you too would make the great variety of the wines that they make. (Kirk Walker, K&L)

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Staff Image By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/29/2016 | Send Email
The first word in my tasting notes was “Awesome” so I’m going to stick with that. This wine from Sonoma Valley has everything that I look for in the very well developed Chardonnay market, full of vibrancy and minerality, fruit yes, but balanced out with savory characteristics and acidity. It begins with aromas of exotic spice and crushed rock, anise and white flowers incorporate themselves nicely. The palate has fruit aplenty, apricot and white peach, supply textured but never gets flabby. The freshness keeps the wine buoyant and alive, mineral limestone continues and really zips through the finish.

Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/23/2016 | Send Email
White Burgundy from California. If I were served this wine blind, I would guess that it was white Burgundy. The aromatics of Golden delicious apple, delicate white flowers, mineral and soft vanilla tone. The palate is broad but not heavy. it has sneaky richness that is balanced with great acidity. It has a long mouthwatering finish. Really special CA Chardonnay. Let it breath, decant for at least 30 minutes.

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- It's hard to believe that up until about 30 years ago, this extremely popular varietal hid behind the veil of geographical names like Chablis and Puligny-Montrachet. Now grown all over the world and bottled by its varietal name, Chardonnay has achieved a level of branding unlike any other wine. Surprisingly, though, what you get when you buy Chardonnay can differ greatly from country to country and even within one country, depending on the climate where it's grown and how it is vinified and aged. From fresh, crisp and minerally with apple and lemon notes to rich and buttery with tropical fruit overtones, Chardonnay runs the gamut. In France's Burgundy, Chardonnay is the source of the prized wines of Chablis, Corton-Charlemagne, Mâcon, Meursault and Montrachet. It also the foundation of exceptional Champagne, where it is blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier or vinified on its own into Blanc de Blancs. It is also extremely popular in California, and is gaining popularity in Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Spain and South Africa.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).
Alcohol Content (%): 13.8