2014 Silverpoint Chardonnay

2014 Silverpoint Chardonnay

Sonoma Coast, California

Allocated Selection | RARE, Rich and oaked!

$39.99
Retail Price
$49.00
Savings
18%



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VARIETAL: Chardonnay

ALCOHOL: 14.50%

SIZE: 750ml

Ratings:

93 insider points

90 points – Wine Enthusiast

Reviews:

Lovely, full bodied, rich and delish! This Silverpoint chard reminded me of the fall, think of a gorgeous Meursault minus all of the powerful minerality but a bit riper. This is the kind of white I love to drink this time of the year becuase it is heavier and richer but classy as it gets! This is no Rombauer, sorry, but it is heavily oaked and complex. The balance of acidity mixed with the sur lie aging in barrel really make this a quality single vnyd/micro production. The fruit quality from Rodgers Creek is SUPERB. This is a well above avergae wine and demands an even higher price point so I deemed it HIGHLY worthy of a spot to our most loyal chardonnay lovers. The golden apple meets toasty vanilla and toasted almond and the graham cracker is real. I feel like this is a fire roasted golden apple with the skins on tossed with some vanilla bean and cinnamon. Yummy! Drink now or age for up to 8 years. ~James Byus III, Premier Wine Concierge, invino

“Lemon meringue and graham cracker show first in this rewarding wine that's made in a lush, full-bodied, barrel-fermented style. Golden apple stands out amid the toasted oak, while crisp acidity shines on the finish.” ~Virginie Boone, Dec 2016, Wine Enthusiast

Why We're Drinking It:

**Limited Allocation ONLY. Found at a few small boutique wine shops in NorCal. 

Best $$

This single vineyard, Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is a class act. With only 162 cases produced, this is a very highly allocated Chardonnay. Quickly becoming a sourcing team favorite, Silverpoint Chardonnay exudes elegance through its bright fruit, shimmering acidity, and lush texture. All precision and beauty, you’ll find reflections of the Sonoma Coast in every perfect sip.

Why we love it:

Fruit from 600 feet up the southwestern side of Sonoma Mountain ripens in full view of the foggy Petaluma Gap. On sunny days through harvest, the warmth of the sun meets cool Pacific breezes in the Rodger’s Creek Vineyard.

Tangerine crème, nuances of butterscotch, brioche…how on earth did they pull so much complexity into a single sip? A technique as old as wine itself: sur lie aging. After a barrel fermentation, this Chardonnay spends 15 months soaking up all the yeasty flavors and creamy texture it can. Aging on the lees (spent yeast) lends glorious depth and richness to Chardonnay’s citrine and granny smith apple flavors.

Before the modern pencil (graphite) came into use, Renaissance artists (Rembrandt and Leonardo da Vinci) used silverpoint in a lead stylus as their drawing tool of choice. As the silver transfers and tarnishes, it leaves a delicate fine line which can be built upon gradually. This is the philosophy of Silverpoint Cellars. Their aim to develop a beautiful piece of art through the slow and deliberate development of depth shows in each bottle.

Tasting Notes:

Lush texture and mouthwatering aromas of tangerine creme highlighted by tones of vanilla, caramel and butterscotch. Bright fruit and bold flavors. The long smooth finish leaves lingering notes of lemon zest.

The Story to Know:

From the Winery:

We created Silverpoint Cellars in 2008 to pursue our goal of producing small quantities of meticulously made wines. We chose “Silverpoint” as our name and brand because, to us, it expresses just how we plan to reach our goals.  How so?

Silverpoint is a precise and meticulous method of drawing that reached its peak during the Renaissance. Using a piece of sterling or pure silver wire in a lead stylus, the artist delicately moves the silverpoint across the prepared surface to make the drawing. The silver tarnishes and leaves a fine and sensitive line.

Pre-dating the use of graphite, silverpoint was used by old masters such as Albrecht Durer, Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt. These and other Renaissance artists used silverpoint for underdrawings of their paintings and for separate studies on paper.

Using silverpoint, tonal differences are built up very slowly. The characteristics of silverpoint include subtlety of tone, delicacy of line and a sensuous surface. The silverpoint drawing technique captures the essence of the wines we want to produce.

“subtlety of tone… and a sensuous surface”
For our launch of Silverpoint Cellars in 2008, we produced 56 cases of Chardonnay from a single Sonoma Coast vineyard.  For 2009, we continued with our Chardonnay, increasing production to 81 cases, and added a Napa Valley Red Wine based on a blend of four Bordeaux varietals:  Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. We have now reached our planned production goals, focusing solely on our Sonoma Coast Chardonnay and Napa Valley Red Wine. Our sales schedule is also set: we will release both of these wines each fall, the Chardonnay two years after harvest and the Red Wine four years after harvest.

Perfect Pairings:

Rich and decadent sauces with cream and mushroom will go nicely with this one. 

A delicate seared Cape Scallops or tiny Bay Scallops laced with a light garlic mushroom cream sauce and white beans would be perfect! Also a roasted chicken or duck confit will do. ;)

~Chef James

**Limited Allocation ONLY. Found at a few small boutique wine shops in NorCal. 

Best $$

This single vineyard, Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is a class act. With only 162 cases produced, this is a very highly allocated Chardonnay. Quickly becoming a sourcing team favorite, Silverpoint Chardonnay exudes elegance through its bright fruit, shimmering acidity, and lush texture. All precision and beauty, you’ll find reflections of the Sonoma Coast in every perfect sip.

Why we love it:

Fruit from 600 feet up the southwestern side of Sonoma Mountain ripens in full view of the foggy Petaluma Gap. On sunny days through harvest, the warmth of the sun meets cool Pacific breezes in the Rodger’s Creek Vineyard.

Tangerine crème, nuances of butterscotch, brioche…how on earth did they pull so much complexity into a single sip? A technique as old as wine itself: sur lie aging. After a barrel fermentation, this Chardonnay spends 15 months soaking up all the yeasty flavors and creamy texture it can. Aging on the lees (spent yeast) lends glorious depth and richness to Chardonnay’s citrine and granny smith apple flavors.

Before the modern pencil (graphite) came into use, Renaissance artists (Rembrandt and Leonardo da Vinci) used silverpoint in a lead stylus as their drawing tool of choice. As the silver transfers and tarnishes, it leaves a delicate fine line which can be built upon gradually. This is the philosophy of Silverpoint Cellars. Their aim to develop a beautiful piece of art through the slow and deliberate development of depth shows in each bottle.

Lovely, full bodied, rich and delish! This Silverpoint chard reminded me of the fall, think of a gorgeous Meursault minus all of the powerful minerality but a bit riper. This is the kind of white I love to drink this time of the year becuase it is heavier and richer but classy as it gets! This is no Rombauer, sorry, but it is heavily oaked and complex. The balance of acidity mixed with the sur lie aging in barrel really make this a quality single vnyd/micro production. The fruit quality from Rodgers Creek is SUPERB. This is a well above avergae wine and demands an even higher price point so I deemed it HIGHLY worthy of a spot to our most loyal chardonnay lovers. The golden apple meets toasty vanilla and toasted almond and the graham cracker is real. I feel like this is a fire roasted golden apple with the skins on tossed with some vanilla bean and cinnamon. Yummy! Drink now or age for up to 8 years. ~James Byus III, Premier Wine Concierge, invino

“Lemon meringue and graham cracker show first in this rewarding wine that's made in a lush, full-bodied, barrel-fermented style. Golden apple stands out amid the toasted oak, while crisp acidity shines on the finish.” ~Virginie Boone, Dec 2016, Wine Enthusiast

93 insider points

90 points – Wine Enthusiast

Lush texture and mouthwatering aromas of tangerine creme highlighted by tones of vanilla, caramel and butterscotch. Bright fruit and bold flavors. The long smooth finish leaves lingering notes of lemon zest.

From the Winery:

We created Silverpoint Cellars in 2008 to pursue our goal of producing small quantities of meticulously made wines. We chose “Silverpoint” as our name and brand because, to us, it expresses just how we plan to reach our goals.  How so?

Silverpoint is a precise and meticulous method of drawing that reached its peak during the Renaissance. Using a piece of sterling or pure silver wire in a lead stylus, the artist delicately moves the silverpoint across the prepared surface to make the drawing. The silver tarnishes and leaves a fine and sensitive line.

Pre-dating the use of graphite, silverpoint was used by old masters such as Albrecht Durer, Leonardo da Vinci and Rembrandt. These and other Renaissance artists used silverpoint for underdrawings of their paintings and for separate studies on paper.

Using silverpoint, tonal differences are built up very slowly. The characteristics of silverpoint include subtlety of tone, delicacy of line and a sensuous surface. The silverpoint drawing technique captures the essence of the wines we want to produce.

“subtlety of tone… and a sensuous surface”
For our launch of Silverpoint Cellars in 2008, we produced 56 cases of Chardonnay from a single Sonoma Coast vineyard.  For 2009, we continued with our Chardonnay, increasing production to 81 cases, and added a Napa Valley Red Wine based on a blend of four Bordeaux varietals:  Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. We have now reached our planned production goals, focusing solely on our Sonoma Coast Chardonnay and Napa Valley Red Wine. Our sales schedule is also set: we will release both of these wines each fall, the Chardonnay two years after harvest and the Red Wine four years after harvest.

Rich and decadent sauces with cream and mushroom will go nicely with this one. 

A delicate seared Cape Scallops or tiny Bay Scallops laced with a light garlic mushroom cream sauce and white beans would be perfect! Also a roasted chicken or duck confit will do. ;)

~Chef James