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Wine Recommendation

Wine:Silver Stone Wines 2004 Chardonnay, Bien Nacido Vineyard (Santa Maria Valley)

Silver Stone Wines

2004 Chardonnay, Bien Nacido Vineyard
(Santa Maria Valley)

Winemaker Dan Kleck has plenty of experience with Central Coast Chardonnay; for a number of years he made the concentrated Chardonnays at Carmel Road Winery for Jess Jackson (Kendall-Jackson). Under his own label, Silver Stone, since 1997, Kleck is based in Paso Robles, though he sources grapes far and wide on the Central Coast.

This 2004 Chardonnay, from the cool climate of Santa Maria Valley’s Bien Nacido Vineyard, shows tantalizing aromatics that are typical of Bien Nacido: tropical fruit buffered by brown baking spices from the fermentation and aging in French oak (50% new). Expansive and showy on the palate with pineapple and lemon curd dominating the proceedings, it layers in baked apple pie (both the fruit and the spices) as well. Richly textured and fully developed, this is a seriously sensuous Chard that sustains a languorous and long, almost honeyed, finish. For a wine of such intensity and character, not to mention the new oak and grape provenance, this is a fine value.

Reviewed February 2, 2007 by Dennis Schaefer.

The Wine

Winery: Silver Stone Wines
Vineyard: Bien Nacido Vineyard
Vintage: 2004
Wine: Chardonnay
Appellation: Santa Maria Valley
Grape: Chardonnay
Price: 750ml $25.00

Review Date: 2/2/2007

The Reviewer

Dennis Schaefer

Dennis Schaefer has been tasting and writing about wine for over 30 years, propelled by a continuing curiosity and burgeoning enthusiasm for discovering what’s in the bottle. Blessed with catholic tastes, he enjoys everything from the obvious to the sublime. A major requirement is that the vineyard, winery and winemaker consistently perform well and fulfill their potential. Balance, concentration and complexity are key to the tasting experience but, in the end, the purpose of wine is simply to give pleasure.