2020 Aerena by Blackbird Chardonnay Sonoma County

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Farmed from the famed Scopus Vineyard on Sonoma Mountain, and vinified by cult wine maker Aaron Pott, you get so much value for your money with this wine. This is classic California Chardonnay loaded with citrus and exotic fruits and a solid core of acidity and structure to “wow” you on the palate. All for under $24? Could be one of the best deals we have to offer and a case of this wine will disappear quickly!

Using the Right Bank masterpieces of St. Émilion as the inspirational model, Blackbird proprietor Michael Polenske has assembled the two critical components that make things click in the glass: superlative vineyards and winemaking talent. Having first acquired the property made famous by Selene Merlot (a critical favorite), he turned his attention to fruit contracts from other established sources like Stagecoach and Crocker & Starr. Then came the winemaking team of Aaron Pott and Sarah Gott. Between them, they can count Château Troplong Mondot, Château La Tour Figeac, Joseph Phelps “Insignia” and Quintessa as wines they’ve produced. Not a bad lineup. Throw in endorsements from everyone from Wine Spectator to Robb Report to Men’s Journal, and it’s clear that these Blackbirds will not stay on the ground for very long.

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750 ml Bottle