93 Insider Points
Huge Bear Celebrates California in More Ways Than One
There are a number of things in the Golden State's history that are synonymous with its title. One of them is that we were once home to some of the biggest and most majestic bears in the world. The other is that we make world-class Chardonnay. Huge Bear reminds us of both in one glass. At 4 years of age, this treasure of the West Coast is showing us exactly why. It has a structure that is holding strong, and is well-suited for any stately affair.
A bouquet of honeysuckle flowers & almonds. It has a rich yet lean mouthfeel, with the acidity rounding out a medium body. It's full of ripe pear, creamy cantalope and golden apples, leading into a pleasant honeydew finish. Have you planned your election party yet? 93 Points - JZ May '18
Knights Bridge in Calistoga has a cult following (and for great reason). Known for its micro productions crafted from their 100 acre estate vineyard (ranging fro 300 to 900 in elevation), wine geeks go out of their way to get their hands on these wines. So, here: when we were presented with the winery's second label estate Chard, it goes without saying we were all over it.
- Crafted from Estate vines, (from the neighboring valley just north of the Napa Valley), the wine shows the quality of the region and its highfalutin neighbors like Peter Michael Winery.
- 2014 California was still in the midst of the drought, but this vintage brought higher than normal yields with surprisingly impeccable quality. Harvest also started earlier than in other areas of the county, and in fact took place less than two weeks after the South Napa quake.
- Sans oak, this Chard is drinking great today. With a rich yet lean mouthfeel, it's full of stone fruit and a subtle creaminess that brings to mind white burg elegance.
- Knights Valley was one of the five original Sonoma County AVAs, and it’s the easternmost as well as the warmest at that. Whole clusters of chard went from the Knights Valley vineyards directly to the press, then were cold settled, then underwent a thirty day fermentation before a six month sur lie ageing in tanks with weekly mixes to increase its middle palate
This wine is very crisp and aromatic. On the nose you'll find hints of lemon, honeysuckle, and nectarine. On your tastebuds you'll notice that the flavors of lemon come into play again as well as green apple and lime. The flavors are rich as well as savory, and on the finish you'll taste hints of vanilla.
From the winery:
At Huge Bear, we’re passionate about making exceptional, hand-crafted wines. Each wine is made in small lots, and is meant to be enjoyed with family and friends.
Our wines are inspired by California's rich history and Sonoma County’s long-standing reputation of growing exceptional wine grapes that produce exciting wines. It’s this adventurous spirit of the west that is captured in each bottle of Huge Bear.
Pair this next to a fresh plate of vegetables or a light pasta containing cooked veggies.