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2023 C2 White Blend

2023 C2 White Blend
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SKU: 23C2W

The C2 brand is our nod to Albert Michelson - the 1907 Murphys-born, Noble award-winning physicist known for his work on measuring the speed of light (he is the "C2" in Einstein's equation E=MC2). Chuck used to say that winemaking is "art art and part science". That said, we like to keep our blend unique from year to year. Our 2023 vintage is the perfecet balance of Albarino (50%) and Chardonnay (50%). The result is a refreshing, dry white that is perfect on a hot summer afternoon.

Wine Specs
White Blend
Sierra Foothills
Vineyard Designation
Chatom & Aloria Vineyards
Harvest Date
Fall 2023
Bottling Date
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
It's a warm July afternoon, and you've packed a picnic and a lovely bottle of the C2 White Blend. You find the perfect spot in the shade and crack open the bottle. The first thing you notice is the pale yellow in color of the wine as it sparkles. You swirl the wine around a bit and take a deep breath - something floral, maybe honeysuckle. With your first sip you find yourself smiling, enjoying a crispness that reminds you of green apples. As you enjoy your second sip, you notice the lingering finish and clean mouthfeel and think about your next glass.
Vineyard Notes
Our Chardonnay fruit comes from our friends at Chatom Vineyard on Esmerelda Road in San Andreas. The Albarino comes to us from Aloria Vineyards in the beautiful hills overlooking the New Melones Reservoir.
Production Notes
Once harvested, the fruit is immediately pressed and cold fermented in stainless steel until fermentation is complete. The wine is then moved to neutral oak barrels where it matures for about 8 months. It is then bottled locally in Murphys and made available in our Tasting Room.
Winemaker Notes
Our 2023 vintage leans into the Albarino (66%) with the Chardonnay rounding things out (34%). Chuck Hovey was one of the first winemakers to plant Albarino in Calaveras county. It has always been the foundation of our white blend; which is part art and part science. We found that this vintage blend hits just the right balance between fruit and acid. We all think it is one of our best blends to date.
Food Pairing Notes
The clean, crisp elements of this blend lend themselves to succulent grilled prawns or salmon, big juicy summer salads, fun picnic foods, or just a bit of shade on a warm summer day.

Product Reviews

Nanette Tanner's Gravatar
Nanette Tanner
(Jul 5, 2024 at 6:02 PM)
The Hovey C2 White blend...One of my very favorite white blends, and I don't say that about many.... this one is special! We went downtown to taste wines and brought our out of town friends; they did not leave empty handed! I love that Albarino and Chardonnay can be grown here.! Chatom Vineyard rocks on the Chardonnay and wow on the Albarino from Aloria! If you haven't already, there's a wineglass waiting for you to taste this Hovey C2 Blend!

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