Elegant and straw colored, this racy single-vineyard wine captivates with aromas of spring flowers and lemon peel. Notes of gravenstein apple, brioche, and chalk emerge from a flash of focused acidity. On the palate it is bright and structured with a backbone of minerality supporting rich fruit and a long, creamy finish.
Our grapes are harvested by hand, in the middle of the night, then brought to the winery in small bins to protect their fragile integrity. After a gentle pressing, the juice goes into a carefully selected mix of neutral and new French oak barrels.
Appellation: Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County
Vineyard Designate: Station Ranch
Production: 240 cases
Included in the Box
3x 2014 Attune Reserve Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County
12x 2014 Attune Reserve Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County
$432 a Case/$36 MSRP/Not Sold on Website
About The Winery
Winemaker: Kenneth Juhasz
Attune (v.): to bring into balance or harmony.
Balance is a profound and elusive state where science, art, belief, and actions align. It’s this beautiful state of balance that we strive for in our wines.
Winemaker Kenneth Juhasz guides every step of the winemaking process at Attune. With each decision on technique and timing, he focuses on finding harmony between power and elegance, structure and finesse
So, again good fortune has smiled upon me. I’ve been sent another bottle to rat.
After drinking a nice glass of 2010 High Flyer blend and sitting down to modify some curriculum for a general science class/lab, I checked my email one last time. Gadzooks! There was an email from Casemates saying that a bottle was on its way! Checking the tracking number, it had been delivered this very evening to my mom’s house, and what’s more…it will go live tomorrow morning! 8:30 PM; what to do?
So, I retrieved the box containing one bottle of 2014 Attune Chardonnay. I am truly disappoint! I don’t drink whites, and I’ve been known to say that Chardonnay tastes like Vodak! But, I’ve got a duty to perform!
The bottle is very classy. It was cool, but not cold, and I think it was at a perfect temperature. I popped and poured small amounts into two stemless Casemates glasses. Delivered one to SWMBO, and swirled the other while sniffing the quite pleasant aromas eminating from the glass. Man, this smells good, I think I could drink it. I got lots of fruit, maybe pear and pineapple. Not a lot of alcohol, and no Vodak. The color was a beautiful pale gold. Taking a mouthful, the nose followed through to the flavor. Nice mouthfeel, full flavor, lots of fruit that makes it seem like there’s some sweetness, but I’d bet the RS is very low. I can detect oak in red wines, and I like it, but my experience with white wines is limited. I’ve been told that oak gives Chardonnay a “Buttery” flavor/mouthfeel, and I do think that Attune does have some oak, but not overly so. It is not crisp and austere like some whites I’ve had, it has some heft to it. I do like Conundrum white, and will drink it by the pool, and as we live in the Finger Lakes region, I drink Rieslings, Gewurstraminers and some other whites with varying levels of sweetness. This wine, Attune Chardonnay, is one that I would drink on a warm summer day, and I’d bet that white wine drinkers would enjoy this wine at any time of year.
I’m convinced that this is a very classy wine that will appeal to almost all wine drinkers, but will be well-appreciated by those who prefer white wines. And, if I were to guess the price, I might expect Attune to be rather pricey…perhaps $15/bottle given Casemates’ excellent discounts, and much more at retail.
From the Prince, I think this is a review of this wine. Or maybe just another useless post of mine:
2014 Attune Sonoma County Chardonnay
14.1% alc., 240 cases, $36. Aged 15 months in French oak barrels, 30% new. · Moderate golden yellow color and clear in the glass. A comforting wine with aromas of yellow apple, honey, brown butter and brioche. Nicely appointed with flavors of lemon curd, white peach, graham and nutty oak, with a slightly creamy mouthfeel and a polished finish with some length. Score: 92. Reviewed June 19, 2016 ARTICLE »
Sorry for the delay but getting to the UPS is quite the feat and always an adventure. Anyway, excited to be back as a Rat.
We got a case of the 2015 Attune previously which is much different.
2014 Attune Chardonnay:
In the glass, we pick up a clear, golden, yellow color. On the nose wife and I got rich creamy butterscotch and ripe pineapple. Wife, who does not like chard, said it smelled like a “Well Made Chard.” If my memory is correct this is a much richer chardonnay than the 2015.
On the pallet the is some serious oak and butter. I’m not going to go as far as a “butter bomb.” but there is a good amount of oak and malolactic fermentation is present. I was not picking up any specific fruit on the pallet but the oak was balanced with a perfect amount of acid. This is a great food wine.
I enjoy a balanced California oaky chardonnay and this is exactly that. At $12.50/bottle this is a no brainer. I’m in for a case!