2014 Guthrie Family Wines | Bellbird Chardonnay | Sonoma Mountain, CA

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Sonoma Mountain is a very small AVA poised overlooking the western side of the Sonoma Valley. With only 22 acres of Chardonnay planted here, this area has captured the attention of both Kistler and Paul Hobbs, both producing award winning chardonnay from this area. 

The 2014 Bellbird is extremely unique. Stylistically, it is heavy weighted and denotes a luscious and creamer style, while the oak barrel fermentation influence provides a richness that is usually only found in extremely expensive chardonnay's. Despite all of the flavors and rich qualities, the 2014 Bellbird retained a beautiful backbone of acidity balancing the flavors making this a wine unlike any that we have tried.  

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      • The 2014 Sonoma Mountain Bellbird Chardonnay presents a fun ballet of flavors, from apple and pear, to lemon and banana cream, all with aggressive but playful acidity. The flavors fly at your palate and when they land they roar with delicious intention. Truly a Chardonnay with everyone in mind, from the traditional California style crowd to the more old world Chablis-leaning sippers.

        • Alcohol by Volume: 14.1%
        • Appellation: Sonoma Mountain, Sonoma Vayyle, CA 
        • Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
        • Vintage: 2014
        • Aging:  25% new French oak, 75% old French oak
        • Drink: Now-2025

      • Blair & Caroline Guthrie, Winemakers.

        Our wines share the reality of travel, of family, of blending old and new world approaches with our personalities. Fun is what we intend, and what we hope you experience with every bottle you open. Each of our wines is a personality, someone new you meet. We hope you make a few new friends, and revisit with them over and over. Being part of the process from step one, seeing our wines grow and develop character from when we pick them to when they’re bottled, we consider them part of our family. And, we’d love to share them, and our journeys, with you.

        We don’t hope to follow trends, but instead let the vineyards and the conditions of a certain vineyard for a given year tell us what to do with the wine. We’re there with it every day, from when it’s picked to when it’s bottled. The wines we make represent everything we love and believe in: love for wine, family, and this dream that we live everyday here in wine country. Caroline and I have always thought making wine is about getting your hands dirty and getting as close to the dirt as you can. The earth is what gives us the wine, and that’s what needs to be known. It’s where my relationship with the wine starts.

        Everything is reflected in the wines we make. Our family, our love of wine, our travels, our personalities, our past… everything. Our relationship with wine started with a love of where it’s from, walking the vineyard and delivering what’s out there into the bottle, for everyone to enjoy. Wine shouldn’t be manipulated, it should speak a truth. And these wines are our truth, the truth we want to share with you. So, again, we hope you enjoy whichever of our bottles you have in front of you at the moment, and let our story be part of yours.

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