2002 Scholium Project - Sylphs Guman Vineyard 750ml

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Professional Reviews For This Wine

Vinfolio | Rating: 100

Harvested from John Guman's one acre plot planted in 1970 by Nathan Fay. John still tends to the vines by hand. One of the extraordinary aspects of this wine is the dramatically long fermentation of thirty three months. One of a handful of Chardonnays I have ever tasted that deserved the ultimate rating. Truly a wine sent from the gods. The richly scented nose is layered with roasted hazelnut, caramelized lemon peel, and honey. The palate is focused with beautiful acidity, quince, dusty white peach, nectarine and jasmine. The acidity in this wine sets it apart from most others that demand earlier consumption. 89 cases produced.

Drink Dates: 2005-2030
Author: Vinfolio Team

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International Wine Cellar | Rating: 89

($80; 100% chardonnay, from vines planted in the 1970s) Full straw-gold color. Exotic aromas of honeycomb and toffee; smells like botrytis. Sweet, smoky, fat and rich, with a distinctly wild, gamey character to the honeyed, toasty fruit. Very glyceral chardonnay with 16+% alcohol. This one took a full two years to finish its sugar fermentation and went through full malolactic.

Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: Issue 126

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Collector Reviews For This Wine

Rating: 85
Author: Jim C198
Tasted On: 08/09/2006
A bit heavy on the malos. Big wine.

Average rating: 95, based on 3 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

324 bottles owned by 75 collectors.

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About This Producer

The Scholium Project, made by Abe Schoener, pushes the envelope of expectation in wines, producing esoteric varieties from somewhat obscure vineyards througout northern California. Schoener, who completed his graduate work in Ancient Greek Philosophy, concentrated on Homer. His label's name translates to "school, schooling" from Greek, and signifies an undertaking for the sake of learning, paralleling his winemaking journey. Schoener took a sabbatical from teaching in 1998 to work as an intern at Stag's Leap Wine Cellars in Napa Valley before moving on to work in the cellars of Luna. He then began the Scholium Project in 2004, entitling wines using proprietary names rather than varieties. In the cellar, Schoener allows his wines to take their own natural course by leaving them undisturbed in the barrel, not sulfuring or topping off - instead he allows the fermentation to develop a ripeness particular to wine, not fruit. Scholium Project wines are extremely limited in production.

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Wine Varietal: Chardonnay

Arguably the best dry white wine grape out there, Chardonnay is grown all over the globe. In addition to being the backbone of fine white Burgundies, Chardonnay is also one of the three major grape varieties used in producing Champagne. Susceptible to a myriad of complications, Chardonnay berries are relatively small, thin-skinned, fragile, and oxidize easily. Chardonnay grapes can be sensitive to winemaking techniques and more difficult to handle from harvest to bottling than many other varieties. Some producers will use malolactic fermentation (where harsher malic acid is turned into softer lactic acid and carbon dioxide) to reduce crispness and acidity and add a creamy, buttery texture to wines. The "oaky" character of some Chardonnays comes from fermenting or aging which takes place in oak barrels. Once barrel-aged, Chardonnay may take on notes of vanilla or toast. While Chardonnay is produced worldwide, the best can be found in France, the United States, Argentina, Chile, Australia, Italy, New Zealand, and South Africa. Typical descriptors for Chardonnay include mineral, green apple, citrus, tropical fruits, vanilla, butter and smokiness.

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