Our 2019 vintage continues a long history of Chuck Hovey's classic style. This wine is fermented on neutral French oak giving it nice body, while not overpowering the fruit.
This vintage earned a Gold Medal and was names "Best White Wine in Calaveras County" - 2022 Sierra Foothills Wine Competition
The first thing you notice when you pour a glass of our award-winning Hovey Chardonnay is its sparkle -- the way it captures the light. The light straw color is brilliant as you swirl the wine in your glass. As you breathe in, there is a hint of vanilla and some lovely notes of lemon. That first sip makes you think of ripe pears, and on the finish there's a nice touch of toasty vanilla which comes from the barrels. The barreling also provides structure and body and helps balance the natural acidity of the fruit.
100% of this fruit come from Chatom Vineyards off Esmerelda Road in Calaveras County. The Wente chardonnay clone comes from the Burgundy region of France and is the source of 80% of American Chardonnay. That said, the character and nature of chardonnay varies greatly from vineyard to vineyard, and winemaker to winemaker.
25% of the vintage is aged in Le Grange French Oak barrels to give the wine a lovely subtle mouthfeel and hints of vanilla. The balance is barreled on neutral French Oak.
Chuck Hovey's style was to "let the fruit do its thing." We hold true to Chuck's vision, and it is what sets our Chardonnay apart. This wine is very much what Chardonnay grapes want to taste like.
Food Pairing Notes
Our 2019 Chardonnay is well suited to more classic pairings like scallops, lobster, or any seafood dipped in butter. A grilled salmon or roast chicken would be more than enjoyable, as would a lovely picnic of french bread and brie cheese.