Barden "Fonte" Burgundy White BLend 2018 (Santa Rita Hills, CA)
Winery Notes: The BARDEN trade name is Doug Margerum’s middle name and its English meaning is “Lives near the boar's den…” thusly, we have adorned the label with an image of the wild boar that is pervasive in our area’s vineyards.
A Fonte is the place where something begins, where it springs into being. The vineyard source, or fonte, for this unique blend include: La Encantada Chardonnay (12%), La Rinconada Chardonnay (24%), La Encantada Pinot Blanc (32%), and La Encantada Pinot Gris (32%).
COLOR: Bright golden yellow with straw notes.
AROMA: Creamy with toasted brioche, vanilla, spice and fruit.
PALATE: Rich full-bodied, with mixed stone fruits, baked apple pie, and a persistent finish. Overall, the lemon curd and balancing acidity pairs well with the creaminess.
Wine Enthusiast, 91 Points: “Fresh grapefruit and ripe apple make for a fresh and inviting nose on this blend of 36% Chardonnay, 32% Pinot Blanc and 32% Pinot Gris. Lime-pith and guava-peel flavors make for a briefly botanical twist to the palate before more tropical elements of mango emerge atop the chalky texture."