About the Wine
2014 Nancie chardonnay exudes the depth and vibrancy that chardonnay lovers seek. Nancie has evolved to include select vineyard blocks that demonstrate the finest Sonoma County Chardonnay characteristics. These vineyards have provided the core of the wine for several years. Donelan strives to produce increasingly excellent wines with each passing vintage making sure to maximize their capabilities by finding the most exceptional form expression of chardonnay.
Donelan is a small, boutique Sonoma winery that champions quality over all other factors. Simply put, they believe wine should taste great — with every vintage and every grape, this is the ultimate priority and the greatest motivation.
Aging: 10 months in 20% new American oak.
Tasting notes: The 2014 delivers exciting notes of fresh pear, mandarin orange, and ripe peach. On the palate, stone-fruit melds into wildflower honey and crème-brulée. Driven acidity harmonizes with fullness to keep clean, yet intense and thrilling.
The Donelans produce several Chardonnays. The 2014 Chardonnay Nancie sees about 20% new oak. It was aged 10 months prior to bottling and is a three-vineyard blend, two on Sonoma Mountain and one on the lower ground of the Russian River Valley. Terrific fruit intensity as well as vibrant honeysuckle, white peach and lemon blossom notes jump from the glass, and once the wine hits the palate, it is medium to full-bodied, spicy, pure, and refreshing. This is intense in flavor, but remarkably etheral in personality. ~94RP
The 2014 Chardonnay Nancie is also straight up gorgeous. Brought up in puncheons and concrete eggs, it offers classic Chardonnay notes of white flowers, honeysuckle, white peach and toasted nuts. It's more supple and rounded than the Genevieve's Block Chardonnay, has a deep, rich texture and a great finish. It's pure class all the way and should evolve gracefully. ~93JD
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