"This Chardonnay comes from three vineyards planted to the selection called 'Shot Wente' -- a botanically mutant form of Chardonnay developed at the Wente Brothers Nursery in the 1930's. (The origin of the name is the subject for a later, and longer, discussion.) Shot Wente Chardonnay grapes are smaller than those we normally see in California. That increases the skin surface available to a given volume of juice. As a result, the wines tend to be rich and flavorful. Our winemaking is totally natural: indigenous wild yeast for the fermentation, wild and naturally present malo-lactic bacteria, an absence of any additives or fining agents, and no racking. The finished wine is rich and creamy, with a lovely aroma of grilled bread and lemon zest." -Winery
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Begun in 1992 by Bruce and Barbara Neyers and their winemaking partner, Ehren Jordan, Neyers Vineyards produces 15,000 cases of wine annually. They rely primarily on Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon grown on the Neyers' 50-acre Conn Valley ranch farmed by Hugo and Lupe Maldonado. Additioanl grapes are purchased from a select group of growers, several of which are identified on the labels of wines produced from grapes they have grown. In 1999 Neyers purchased the 30-acre Sage Canyon Winery in the foothills east of Rutherford and have developed that facility for their entire production that also includes Syrah, Grenache, Zinfandel and Chardonnay.