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"The 2015 Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast) is rich, creamy and voluptuous, all the result of a vintage with tiny yields and warm temperatures. Readers should expect an ample, almost flamboyant wine built on yellow stone fruit and tropical notes. This is an especially rich wine for Banshee. Then again, that's 2015. -- Antonio Galloni"
The overall thrust of the wine still starts in the range of apple and pear with flourishes of white peach and nectarine. There is a noticeable but restrained framing of vanilla and toast around the wine. The finish is refreshing and firm at this early stage in its evolution with a great carry through of flavors that persist well.
About the Wine
This Chardonnay shows Banshee’s continued addition and refinement of vineyard sources. The wine still possesses a significant amount of Heintz Vineyard as well as a new Sonoma Coast vineyard called Bohemian Green Valley.
The wine was gently pressed in a bladder press using a champagne cycle. Primary fermentation lasted between 28-185 days depending on the lot (there were many very slow ferments that were coaxed along through the spring). 90% barrel fermented with the remainder in stainless steel. Aged 11 months in 90% French oak of which 40% was new. No bâtonnage was done.
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Banshee Wines and Rickshaw Wines were founded by three friends from the Midwest and East Coast who shared a passion for wine and a lifelong dream of owning their own winery. Their fascination with wine started early in life. While their peers were drinking Milwaukee's Best, they had an af?nity towards collecting European wines and hosting dorm room wine tastings. Post-college, each pursued a career in the wine industry, ranging from importing wines, to winemaking, to distribution and sales. When their paths ultimately converged in San Francisco, they shared many meals, bottles of wine, concerts, and laughs with one another. In 2009 they pooled their money together to make the ?rst vintage of Banshee Wines Pinot Noir, which sold out in three short months. By the end of the year, Banshee Wines was their full-time pursuit.
The Banshee guys are passionate about creating benchmark wines from California's iconic vineyards as well as crafting soulful blends that don't break the bank. When they're not making wine you can ?nd them preparing grand multi-course meals, sabering Champagne bottles, seeking out the nearest swimming hole, or dancing on tabletops. Classic guy activities.