Gifft by Kathie Lee Gifford Monterey Estate Chardonnay 750 mL
Manufacturer: Scheid Family Wines
Our 2016 vintage of GIFFT Chardonnay exhibits richness, depth and complexity, balanced by lively acidity and an essential freshness. Featuring the gorgeous tropical fruit flavors that are the hallmark of Monterey Chardonnays, GIFFT Chardonnay strikes the ideal balance between rich and refreshing.
Bud break occurred much earlier than normal, with above average temperatures leading through mid September. At this point we experienced a period of cooler temperatures extending harvest in to early November with well balanced ripeness. Paying It Forward: As a family we find ourselves blessed with good health. Our good fortune, however, comes with a realization that others are less fortunate. As a result we have chosen to donate 15% of Purple Star Wines’ proceeds to Seattle Children’s Hospital to benefit uncompensated care—a gesture we hope will lighten the financial burden of families overwhelmed by the expenses associated with critical medical care. It’s our way of “paying it forward.”
Manufacturer: GrapeSeed Wine Fund
Brand: Eighteen Miles
The dramatic Sonoma Coast AVA runs from the northern edge of Marin County all the way up to the southern border of Mendocino County. The direct influence of the Pacific Ocean keeps this region cool and foggy-the ideal climate for distinctive Burgundian varietals. This Chardonnay comes from a spot on the Sonoma Coast where Goldridge soils are so well drained that vines must take deep root in search of water and nutrients. This helps temper vine vigor to ensure concentrated varietal character in the grapes. One-third of this wine was fermented and aged in a concrete egg to enhance its bright minerality; the balance was barrel fermented and aged on the lees in 100% French oak (1/3 new). The lees were stirred twice a week-batonnage-to help build the beautiful texture that balances this wine's vibrant acidity and minerality. The Sonoma Coast experienced optimum growing conditions in 2013. A cold winter with no hard frost led into an ideal spring, for even berry set. Over the long summer, the warm days were tempered by the region's characteristic cool marine winds and fog, extending the growing season for slow, even ripening of Chardonnay grapes.
2015 Save Me San Francisco Bullet Proof Picasso Sauvignon Blanc 750 ml Wine
Manufacturer: Save Me San Francisco
Brand: Save Me San Francisco
Sourced from Monterey County, this is a classic Sauvignon Blanc that delivers true varietal character. Fruit-forward with intense grapefruit and fresh lemon, this Sauvignon Blanc has a depth of citric, tropical fruit and a zesty finish. Its generous mouth-feel and crisp acidity.
The wine underwent 100% Malolactic fermentation and was aged for 9 months in 60% French oak barrels (10% new), with the balance in stainless steel tanks. The result was a well-balanced wine with bright acidity and a rich, round mouthfeel.