Livermore, California, United States

Founded in 1883, Wente Vineyards is the oldest continuously-operated, family-owned winery in the country; owned and managed by the fourth and fifth generations of the Wente family. Located just east of San Francisco in the historic Livermore Valley, Wente Vineyards is recognized as one of California's premier wine country destinations. The winery draws from nearly 3,000 acres of Estate vineyards in the Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay and Arroyo Seco, Monterey appellations to create an outstanding portfolio of fine wines.

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Morning Fog Chardonnay

Estimated Retail Price $17.54
SKU 175430
Country United States
Region Livermore Valley, CA
Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Listing Open
Case Config. 12x750ml
Available In BC AB SK MB

Colour

Pale straw/golden in colour.

Aroma

Aromas of citrus and vanilla.

Flavour

Crisp flavours of green apple and tropical fruit, balanced by vanilla and a touch of toasty oak from barrel aging. With a mouth-filling body, balanced acidity and minerality, this wine delivers a medium-long refreshing finish.

Food Pairing

Perfect pair for grilled salmon and seafood or just to sip on its own.

More Info

25% new French oak, 25% used American oak and 50% stainless steel. The oak provides hints of vanilla and texture and the steel preserves the naturally vibrant fruit flavors and minerality inherent in Livermore Valley Chardonnay. The barrel fermented portion was aged sur lie for 8 months and batonnage was performed monthly. This adds a creamy note to the wine and greatly enhances the texture. Sustainably Farmed. Estate Grown. Family Owned for 5 generations. Wente has the distinction of being the first California winery to varietally label Sauvignon Blanc in 1934 & Chardonnay in 1936.

92 pts

Decanter Magazine, Sept/2017

2016 -

Highly Recommended. “Aromas of peach skin and musk while the palate shows fresh melon and fig. Distinct minerality on top of underripe pineapple and vanilla cream.”

 

Ben McPhee-Sigurdson, Winnipeg Free Press, Jul/2017

2016 -

"Wente 2016 Morning Fog Chardonnay(Livermore Valley/San Francisco Bay, Calif. — $18.99, Liquor Marts and beyond)This California Chardonnay brings aromas of ripe red apples and pears, lemon zest, peach and a chalky note. On the medium-bodied palate the red apple and lemon flavours dominate, with underlying notes of ripe pear and chalkiness. Half of the wine was aged in older, neutral oak barrels, which adds some richness to the texture as well as modest vanilla and caramel flavours. 3.5 stars"

 

95 pts

Los Angeles International Wine Competition 2017

2015 -

Gold Medal

90 pts

Natalie MacLean, Jan/2017

2015 -

Best Value. “A gorgeous, rich Californian Chardonnay from the cool climate of the Livermore Valley. Toasty oak wraps around green apple goodness. Perfect for roast chicken or turkey. Chardonnay food pairings: grilled maple glazed salmon, chicken picatta, seafood pasta with saffron cream sauce, roasted pork tenderloin with apple chutney.”

 

MUNDUS VINI 2017 - Spring Tasting

2015 -

GOLD & Best of Show US White

 

WineAlign, Sep/2016

2015 -

"Wente first brought Chardonnay to Livermore in 1912, and released the first varietally-labelled chardonnay in the U.S in 1936. Since then the ‘Wente clone’ of chardonnay has spread around the world. Today Karl Wente represents the 5th generation of his family making wine in California. Wente Chardonnay is a Californian classic. It is tempting to call it ‘typical’ but actually it is not: too often typical Californian chardonnay is one-dimensional and obvious. This is something more distinctive, plush and rich, ripe and juicy, with plenty of tropical fruit, subtly-buttressed by oak. The wine is half fermented in neutral American oak, with the remainder in stainless making for a good balance of vanilla and tang. There is a good dollop of leesy character too, giving a satisfying pastry weight. Old school California in the best possible way – big, outgoing and generous. For a steal. Last tasted August 2016."

 

Daenna Van Mulligen, Winescores.ca, May/2017

2015 -

“Approachable, tropical, zesty. A crowd favourite, the approachable Wente offers loads of tropical fruit rolled in vanilla caramels with lemon curd, tangerine, and honeysuckle notes. Pineapple, sweet orange slices and honey lead the palate; it has an attractive weight with a complimentary zesty character. Pair: jalapeno cornbread, chicken salad, grilled smoked gouda panini or creamy pastas.”

 

Wine Align, Sep/2016

2015 -

20 Under $20 "The Wente family is deeply embedded in the history of California, and the 2015 Morning Fog is a perennial solid gold best buy. Have with simple baked chicken and garlic mashies for weekday dinner."

 

San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2017

2015 -

Silver Medal

 

Alameda County Wine Competition, Jun/2016

2015 -

Gold Medal

 

BCLDB Taste Magazine, Fall 2016

"A fantastic mildly-oaked expression of California Chardonnay, Wente offers green apple, tropical fruit and peach flavours over a creamy texture with notes of vanilla, hazelnut and spice."