96 Insider Points

REVIEWS

"An exceptionally complex chardonnay, rich notes of stone fruit, apple and rose petals on the nose with some subtle oak and spice notes. Rich and generous mid palate, oak is there, but definitely rounds out the wine and doesn't dominate it. Lovely mineral component that follows generous fruit. Long, dry finish with great balance. Versatile wine that is a great aperitif, but also will stand up to a wide variety of foods. The best wine we have made to date." -96 AW

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Chardonnay
  • APPELLATION
    Oakville, Napa Valley
  • ALCOHOL
    14.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml

This is the first release of C'est Bon's Reserve Selection portfolio. Pure chardonnay from the star-studded Oakville AVA, and crafted by Master Winemaker, Ed Killian, it is fair to say, this is a wine that makes one heck of an impressive debut.

With fruit from the prized Money Road Ranch Vineyard ((AKA: To Kalon's hotshot neighbor), in the Oakville AVA, it's the spot known as one of the most renowned Napa Valley sub-regions. The demarcated two-mile-wide swath in the heart of Napa Valley (that extends to 600 feet in elevation up the base of the Vaca Mountains), powerhouse brands like Groth, Far Niente, and Joseph Phelps make it home to some of their finest productions.

Here, the Chard earns its high score by virtue of complexity and interest. Reserve Chardonnay showing wonderfully complex with rich notes of stone fruit, the most generous mid palate imaginable and an elegant brightness,  it's incredibly versatile with unbelievable QPR. An "extraordinary effort", it's what invino Founder, Tony Westfall calls, "the best wine we've made yet!"

Things to Know:

The fruit for this wine comes from the region smack dab in the center of Napa Valley.With its warm daytime summer temperatures and nighttime fog and ocean breezes (thanks to it being far enough south) the result is a perfect locale for Chardonnay.

For over 25 years, Master Winemaker, Ed Killian has been renowned for consistently producing outstanding single-varietal wines that represent the best of coveted appellations. Ed believes the most important part of winemaking is learning the characteristics and tendencies of individual vineyards. 

The Oakville district was one of the first distinctive wine growing regions within Napa Valley to be officially recognized when it was granted AVA (American Viticultural Area) status in 1993. 


"When we started in the wine industry well over a decade ago, it was always our dream to have our own label. C’est Bon has been on the drawing board for several years, and we actually trademarked the brand name soon after we launched invino. Anybody who had taken entry-level French knows that the literal interpretation of C’est Bon is "It's good," and that’s what we strive for. Every bottle of C’est Bon is good; we wouldn’t put our name on it if we didn’t think so.

This is our inaugural release, a Pinot Noir from three fantastic vineyards on the Sonoma Coast. We will continue to bottle good wine that we think meets the standard of quality for the brand. We hope you enjoy it." -invino Founders, Tony & Danielle Westfall

TASTING NOTES 

From Winemaker, Ed Killian:
Brilliant light straw color.  Seductive nose reminiscent of ripe apple, peach skin, and red rose petals witha touch of dark toast French oak is followed seamlessly by similar flavors in a medium bodied matrix that includes a sense of minerality under the solid core of fruit. This Chardonnay finishes dry and framed by a soft, supple acidity that invites the second sip.

THE STORY TO KNOW

From the winery: Rooted in wine and having founded invino, we're presented with seas of ultra-premium wines each vintage. A unique position, it affords us unparalleled insight to the world's finest wines; prized productions, from the best terroir and winemakers.

Our Cuvée Series brings the best in QPR, sans back-blending, front and center. Gems bottled exclusively for us to share, each delivers pure palate pleasure for wine lovers.

From prestigious coastal Sonoma vineyards where cold winds and fog bring together great balance, ripeness, and acidity, this is our inaugural Pinot Noir. A presentation of what true Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir can be, the fruit comes exclusively from vineyards where three distinct Dijon Clones thrive.

PERFECT PAIRINGS

If you're cooking, try salmon, lobsters, or pork sausage. If you’re crunched for time or just want a snack, a no-fuss pretzel with mustard will pair beautifully.