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"Banshee's 2016 Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast) is fresh, floral and nicely perfumed, all of which will make it easy to drink and enjoy upon release. This is an especially gracious, lifted style, and a solid value to boot. -- Antonio Galloni"
The 2016 vintage officially was the last of the drought vintages that began in 2012. While they were all marked by long hot summers and early harvests, both '15 and '16 featured lower yields than the preceding years. In addition to just-decent weather at bloom which caused moderate yields, the plants very well may have just been a little gassed after the bounty from 2012-2014 vintages.
The upside to low moderate yields is that the grapes that were there picked up added levels of intensity and depth. This vintage we sourced from a variety of vineyards in the Sonoma Coast, including both of our Single Vineyard Designate sites, Heintz and Bohemian. These vineyards tended to deliver fully developed flavors at relatively high natural acidities, giving remarkable length and verve.
The nost of this wine leans towards orchard fruit showing both apple and pear but also hints of tropical fruits and vanilla bean. In the mouth the wine is moderate weight but packs extraordinary depth of flavor, echoing the aroma with fuji apple, meyer lemon, sage and vanilla panna cotta. The finish is all energy with mouthwatering citrus notes.
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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.