WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    100% Chardonnay
  • APPELLATION
    Santa Lucia Highlands
  • ALCOHOL
    14.10%
  • SIZE
    750ml
  • AGING/COOPERAGE
    Bottled without filtration after 15 months in French oak barrels.
  • PRODUCTION
    100 cases produced

91pts Wine Advocate: The 2015 Chardonnay Soberanes Vineyard gives up very pretty honeysuckle and orange blossoms notions over a core of ripe peaches and pink grapefruit with a touch of marzipan. The palate is medium-bodied, refreshing and quite minerally in the mouth, offering up a quiet intensity of restrained flavors and a slight nuttiness to the finish.

Winemaker to watch: Tadeo Borchardt of Neyers

The word Camino is translated into road or journey.  And it’s the journey of Tadeo Borchardt that has brought him to the creation of Camino Cellars.  Tadeo found his appreciation for wine while working in several restaurants in the Scottsdale, AZ area.  While his appreciation continued, Tadeo followed a path of education and spent a few years as an elementary school teacher in Tucson.  In 2002 his dream of working in the wine industry came true and he moved to Sonoma County to take a position in the cellars of Copain.  After a stint at Copain, Tadeo headed down under to continue his education in the cellars of Craggy Range in New Zealand.  In 2004 he then returned to California to take a position at Neyers Vineyards working alongside head winemaker Ehren Jordan.  Upon Ehren’s departure, Tadeo took over the head winemaking responsibilities where he remains today.  In 2013 the San Francisco Chronicle Named Tadeo as one of their “Winemaker’s to Watch”.

The Soberanes Vineyard is owned and farmed by the legendary Pisoni and Franscioni families.  Nestled just on the other side of the Monterey Bay along the foundation of the Santa Lucia Mountains, the Chardonnay vines are grown in the granitic rock and soil of the Highlands.  Exposed to the refreshing marine influence, the heritage selection of Chardonnay (Wente, Hyde, Calera and Mount Eden) keep yields low and provide concentrated wine while maintaining a juicy, crisp freshness.  

TASTING NOTES 

The Old Wente selections of Chardonnay provide great texture and perfume. The glass is full with aromas of yellow plums, honeysuckle blossoms, hazelnuts, and Meyer lemon. Quite dynamic on the palate, the wine shows breadth of flavor with mineral, tangerine, white peach, and torched meringue. The finish is long and juicy leaving staying hints of incense.