2010 Knez Winery "Demuth Vineyard" Anderson Valley Chardonnay

SKU #1092036 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Chardonnay Demuth is utterly brilliant. Bright, focused and beautifully articulated, the Demuth spins out layers of apricot and peach flavors. Floral overtones add complexity and nuance throughout. All the elements fall into place in a gracious, impeccable wine that impresses for its overall balance. The finish alone is striking. What a beautiful wine! Needless to say, this is a fabulous wine from a winery in just its second vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020. Knez is a new project being headed by proprietor Peter Knez and winemaker Anthony Filiberti of Anthill Farms. The wines are made with native yeasts and see fairly low levels of new oak, around 30-35%, in other words, very much the same style Filiberti pursues at Anthill. Based on these three wines, it certainly appears Knez is one of the most exciting new entrants on the Sonoma Coast. It will be interesting to see where things go in the coming years, especially as Knez's Estate vineyard in Anderson Valley comes online with the 2012 harvest.  (4/ 2013)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright gold. Potent aromas of pear, minerals and iodine. Penetrating and dry, with bracing, sharply defined flavors of candied citrus fruits, pear skin and anise. Finishes sappy and fresh, with very good clarity and lingering minerality. These vines were planted 30 years ago, according to winemaker Anthony Filiberti.  (6/ 2013)

K&L Notes

This single-vineyard Chardonnay from Knez Winery exhibits a complex profile of bright fruit tones complemented by a full-bodied palate. The Demuth Vineyard was planted with old Wente clone Chardonnay vines 30 years ago at an elevation above Anderson Valley's fog line. The age of the vines allows the vineyard to be dry farmed, producing concentrated, complex fruit.

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Chardonnay

- 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.
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United States

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California

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Anderson Valley/Mendocino

- Cooled by the nearby ocean and the seemingly omnipresent bank of oceanic fog, this picturesque wine region is home to a wealth of cool-climate grapes like riesling and gewürztraminer plus chardonnay and pinor noir, which are responsible for impressive and intense sparkling wines.
Alcohol Content (%): 12.9