Bon­terra

BON­TERRA CHARDON­NAY VIN­TAGES ESSENTIALS 342436, $19.95

Food & Drink - - WINE | EARTH-FRIENDLY WINERIES -

I of­ten find a tan­ta­liz­ing live­li­ness in or­ganic wines and it’s cer­tainly here in this Chardon­nay. Si­mul­ta­ne­ously creamy and tangy, it’s full of pear and red ap­ple aro­mas with some sub­tle vanilla notes from time spent in a mix­ture of French and Amer­i­can oak bar­rels.

Bon­terra’s vine­yards in Cal­i­for­nia’s Men­do­cino County have been farmed or­gan­i­cally since 1987. They also own three ranches that are fully bio­dy­namic, cer­ti­fied ev­ery year by Deme­ter, the world-wide bio­dy­namic author­ity. “Soil is ev­ery­thing” is vir­tu­ally the com­pany’s motto and health is en­cour­aged with cover crops be­tween the rows of vines and by wel­com­ing chick­ens and sheep there to aer­ate and fer­til­ize the soil.

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