Wine Enthusiast Awards our Chardonnay a 91!
Good news from the Barn Vineyard yet again! Our 2015 Chardonnay just earned itself a score of 91 from Wine Enthusiast! Our wine rating and review will appear in their online wine database in September.
What Wine Ratings Mean
Before the 1980s, most wine criticism took place by those who produced or sold wine--this clear conflict of interest didn’t always provide the best wine information for consumers. That all changed when writer and consumer advocate, Robert Parker, came on the scene. Aside from being today’s most recognized wine critic, it was Parker’s 100-point rating system which became the standard by which other critics rate wine, including the publication, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, which was founded in 1988, just in time for the new standardized rating scale.
The wine scoring system (aka the Parker Scale) rates different aspects of a varietal, breaking down the scoring to appearance, aroma, flavor, mouthfeel, and overall quality/ability to age, and although it is a “100-point” system, it actually awards 50-100 points. Anything below 80 is considered “unacceptable” and will not be published with a rating or review. Wines with a score of 90-93 (like our Chardonnay) are deemed “superior” and of “exceptional complexity and character.”
Chardonnay is one of the most widely planted white wine grapes in the world, known for its malleability and diversity of flavor. Aside from being the signature white grape of Burgundy (and the primary white grape used in Champagne) it is popularly grown in California--typically aged in oak barrels. Our cool weather, un-oaked Chardonnay steps outside that California oak barrel and its ripe, balanced acidity resembles the Old World Chardonnays coming out of Burgundy more than California. This means the grape’s true personality really shines, boasting a spectrum of fresh, fruit flavors and a lighter body than its buttery counterparts, and we (and the reviewers at Wine Enthusiast!) think that is a wonderful thing!
And with summer in full swing, what better time than now to pick up a bottle of crisp Chardonnay to share with friends and sunshine -- and you can shop with confidence knowing that our 2015 Chardonnay has recieved a "superior" score. But don’t just take our word for it, as Robert Parker says, “There can never be any substitute for your own palate nor any better education than tasting the wine yourself.”
So go on, celebrate with us and pour yourself a glass (or two) of our 2015 Chardonnay.