Wine Advocate | Rating: 100Composed entirely of Old Wente barrel selection fruit, the barrel sample of the 2017 Chardonnay Cuvee Indigene is profoundly scented of exotic fruit, pineapple paste, apricot tart, honeyed-drizzled pears and brioche with touches of crème caramel and candied orange peel. Big, bold and sexy in the mouth, it struts layer upon layer of stone fruit and exotic fruit flavors with a satiny texture and very long zesty finish. Incredible texture—this will be very long lived. 506 cases are expected to be made, to be released in February 2019.Author: Lisa Perrotti-BrownIssue: Mid-October 2018 New Releases
Vinous | Rating: 94The 2017 Chardonnay Cuvée Indigène is a powerful, dense wine that will appeal most to readers who enjoy big, rich Chardonnays. The most reticent and closed of these 2017s, the Cuvée Indigène is going to need to need at least a few years in the cellar to be at its best. Dried pear, dried citrus peel and sage are some of the many notes that add complexity. Cuvée Indigène is essentially a selection of the oldest Wente Clone Chardonnay from Belle-Côte.Drink Dates: 2022 - 2029Author: Antonio GalloniIssue: May 2019
Jeb Dunnuck | Rating: 99If it wasn't for the Point Rouge, the 2017 Chardonnay Cuvee Indigene would have been my favorite in this stacked lineup. Coming from a barrel selection from the estate vineyards, it offers an extraordinary bouquet of honeyed citrus, toasted brioche, white flowers, a hint of marine-like salinity, and caramelized apples. This is followed by a full-bodied Chardonnay that has a concentrated mid-palate, building structure and acidity, and a liqueur of rocks-like minerality on the finish. It's a flawlessly put together Chardonnay that's going to benefit from a year or two in bottle and keep for over a decade.Drink Dates: 2021 - 2031Author: Jeb DunnuckIssue: The 2017s From Sonoma
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