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2016 Fisher Vineyards Mountain Estate Vineyard Chardonnay

ITEM 7985323 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased at retail

Bidder Quantity Amount Total
2 $50
Item Sold Amount Date
I7994944 2 $45 Nov 7, 2021
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RATINGS

95+ The Wine Advocate

...explosive nose of fresh pineapple, guava and lemon meringue pie with lime blossom, mandarin peel and honeysuckle nuances plus wafts of beeswax and baking bread. Medium to full-bodied, the palate follows through on everything the nose promised, offering layer upon layer of tropical, citrus and savory flavors, featuring an electric backbone and long, satisfyingly creamy finish. Wow.

95Jeb Dunnuck

...rich, full-throttle effort that has ripe notes of buttered citrus, orchard fruits, quince, white flowers, and honeysuckle. Sweetly fruited, powerful, and concentrated, it has bright acidity that keeps it clean and balanced, good mid-palate density, and a great finish.

93Vinous / IWC

...bold, luscious and absolutely delicious. Orange peel, lemon confit, apricot, mint, chamomile and lightly honeyed notes all flesh out in this ample, super-expressive Chardonnay.

93James Suckling

A rich expression here. Aromas of grilled hazelnuts and spiced peaches lead to a palate that has a smooth and plush, juicy feel. The crisp fruit holds the finish well and carries the oak admirably.

PRODUCER

Fisher Vineyards

Fisher Vineyards was founded in 1973 when Fred and Juelle Fisher bought 100 acres in the Mayacamas Mountains in Sonoma County. They later added 57 acres on the Silverado Trail in Napa Valley. Both had backgrounds in business -- Fred was with General Motors and Juelle was an investment analyst -- before starting the winery. Today the winery is still owned and operated by the family, which includes three adult children who are part of the management team. The estate's first successes were with Chardonnay, then they started making Cabernet Sauvignon from purchased grapes. Now the estate includes many acres of Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards, as well as Chardonnay and Merlot. The estate's signature Cabs are the Coach Insignia, Lamb Vineyard and Wedding Vineyard bottlings.

REGION

United States, California, Sonoma County

Sonoma County is not an AVA, but it is a commonly used informal designation for wines made outside of more specific AVAs within Sonoma, which is a large wine producing region just west of Napa Valley. Though Sonoma is often overshadowed by its glamorous neighbor Napa Valley, it has a long history of wine production. The area specialized in jug wine until the mid-20th century, when Sonoma producers took a cue from Napa and started improving quality. Unlike Napa, where Cabernet Sauvignon is king, Sonoma specialized in Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Zinfandel, though excellent Cabs are produced too. There are at present 16 AVAs within Sonoma County, and, like much of the West Coast of the United States, new AVAs are created in Sonoma County with regularity. Some Sonoma appellations, such as the Russian River Valley, are renowned for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

TYPE

White Wine, Chardonnay

This white variety originated in Burgundy, but is now grown around the world. Its flexibility to thrive in many regions translates to wide flavor profile in the market. Chardonnay is commonly used in making Champagne and sparkling wines.