Vinous, 92 points
"The 2016 Chardonnay The Jester Fallenleaf Vineyard is a gorgeous wine that shows the Ernest style at its best. Lemon confit, crushed flowers, slate, white pepper and chalk are all laced together in a brilliant, nuanced Chardonnay that hits all the right notes."
Named after owner Erin Brooks' late father, Ernest shared a similar personality to that of a jester and always elevated peoples spirits and put a smile on thier face. That is just what this wine did to our faces when we tasted it. Fallenleaf Vineyard is located on the top of the Eastern slope of the sonoma ridge overlooking the town of Sonoma and is planted to old vine Wente clone Chardonnay. These wines are super complex, with amazing intensity and elegance, with notes of lemon confit, ripe yellow apples and crushed flowers. It is a wine that checks off all the boxes and reminds us to enjoy the simple things in life!