Inviting with a mix of citrus, almond blossom, and white tea this wine is juicy on the palate. Flavors of white peach and melon are balanced with bright, lively acidity. The finish of this light-medium bodied wine is rich yet focused, accented with a touch of hazelnut and cream.
Vintage and Winemaker Notes
2013 was as good as 2012 despite concerns about another drought year. Growing conditions mirrored 2012 with the exception of higher temperatures. Bud break was early with bloom, veraison, and ripening steady and paced and absent of a threat of inclement weather. The obliging weather produced generous yields throughout California. Fruit enjoyed ideal hang time on the vine to achieve full flavor and good acidity. Wines from the 2013 vintage show off purity of place and potential for excellent ageability.
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Barrel Regime: 90% Neutral French Oak 10% New French Oak
Bluxome was born out of the vision of a few like-minded friends and generous investors that enjoy making and drinking great wine.
Our Appellation? South of the Slot.
It’s a little known fact that California winemaking started not in Napa or Sonoma, but right here in San Francisco—SOMA, to be exact. At the time, SOMA was called South of the Slot (the slot being the cable car line that ran down Market Street) and it was both a dashing and dastardly place to behold. Home to heroes and scoundrels, artists and working men, familiar to the likes of Isadora Duncan and Jack London, SOMA was the stuff of legend—not to mention the birthplace of great wine. In fact, dozens of wineries and commercial cellars called SOMA home. Sadly, the 1906 earthquake ended many of the dreams in this neck of the woods, and whatever spark remained alive was quickly snuffed by the 18th Amendment. Until now, that is.
Welcome to Bluxome Street Winery—open in the heart of SOMA from 1pm until 8pm every day. In the tradition of those that came before us, we’re both a working winery and a place to relax and enjoy a drink or two. Please come do so.
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You and we are the beneficiaries of Chardonnay being rather out-of-fashion in recent years - the result of the oceans of cheap Chardonnay grown in the Valley That Shall Not Be Named, made in steel vats, but with baskets of oak chips for ‘flavor’. We’re extremely lucky, because that means lots of Sonoma County Chardonnay (often Russian River Valley and environs) made by lesser known wineries from the outstanding 2012 and 2013 vintages did not clear through the distribution channels. Most of this stuff is good for 8-12 years after the vintage date if the fruit was good, it was carefully made, and the balance was right. I’m drinking 2012 and 2013 Iron Horse Chards (both unoaked and estate) and they’re fresh and delightful. Also the 2007 Buena Vista Dijon Clone from Carneros - it really does taste like a premier cru white burgundy. (I’m comfortable making the comparison as I had a 2014 Chassagne-Montrachet the other day… a grand cru the BV is not, but certainly a premier cru!)
hey all! Long time drinker, first time lab-ratter, honored to join the ranks, hope I don’t mess it up too badly. Sorry on the delay, got a little too drunk last night and lost computer privileges. Anyway, let’s begin.
Got this Chardonnay (unexpectedly) delivered Wednesday night, when it was immediately transferred to my (rather full) wine fridge, forcing me to unfortunately have to kill a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc that night to make room, so before even trying it I’m already grateful for its arrival.
There it stayed until I could gather a group of fellow a̶l̶c̶o̶h̶o̶l̶i̶c̶s̶ trusted wine connoisseurs for Friday afternoon, in order to piece together an acceptable review by midnight. Didn’t really happen, so unfortunately for y’all you get these incoherent late hungover ramblings instead.
To start with, the nose is quite citrus-y, something lemon-y or orange-y, my nose-y ain’t quite developed enough to truly distinguish. Started with an unpaired glass each first, and the general consensus was apple flavors with a strong oak taste from the barreling. I’m a pretty heavy whisky drinker, so the oak was a huge plus for me, but those of us with daintier palates were a bit overwhelmed. But also those folks ain’t really huge Chardonnay drinkers, so take their opinion with a grain of salt. Had another glass with some brie and then finished off the bottle paired with some crispy duck, and let me tell you the crisp apple skin flavor along with some crisp duck skin is an amazing pairing, really accentuates the wine’s flavors. Perfect for a 105° summer Texas night, as was our experience. At this price you’re looking at a great deal, was at my local wacky packy and made a stroll down the wine aisle and found this bottle well over double this price, and would probably still be worth that if you’re in the market for just one. But if that’s the case, what’re you doin here? If you’re a Chardonnay person you’ll find this to be a great bang for your buck, and if you’re not you could just like get some for me as a gift instead. PM me for my delivery address. Only mostly kidding.
Thanks Casemates for the opportunity, and sorry to whoever was holding out for an intelligent review, hopefully there’s another rat for this one who actually knows what they’re doing. Enjoy!