Winemaker Tasting Notes:
The B Side Chardonnay is a brilliant, light gold color in the glass which exudes layers of fresh aromas; Honeycrisp apple, pear, lemon crème and toasted brioche bread. The aromas ring true on the lush palate with flavors of vanilla flan, toasted almond paste and honey notes which linger through to the persistent and crisp finish. The wine is well-balanced with ripe fruit character, spice and an undeniable streak of mineral and lime accented acidity. The B Side Chardonnay is a delicious wine to sip alone but it pairs perfectly with a well-prepared cheese board of Brie, Pecorino and aged Manchego.
60% of the Chardonnay for this wine comes from Watmaugh Ranch Vineyard located in the heart of Sonoma Valley. This vineyard is planted mainly to the Hyde-Wente clone of Chardonnay which is native to many of the historic Sonoma vineyards. This clone is known for its unique and complex fruit characteristics and planted in this vineyard it also allows for extremely long hangtime. This Chardonnay is usually not picked until October when most Sonoma vintners are picking their red grapes! This extended hangtime allows the fruit to fully develop and gives the wine delicious apple, lemon crème and citrus fruit flavors.
The entire North Coast region enjoyed a beautiful 2017 growing season. The relatively even growing season followed welcome winter rains that eased California’s ongoing drought and gave vines plenty of moisture to pull from throughout the season. With no frost during bloom nor heat spikes during the summer, harvest was greeted with relative ease. The ripening season enjoyed cooler than average daytime highs with plenty of sunshine so fruit developed very good color and flavor concentration while the typical area cold nights enabled the fruit to maintain excellent acidity.
Our roots trace back to an authentic place. B Side wines are rare, unconventional and often lesser known. We follow a rhythm no one else can hear separating our wines from others with smooth, soulful palettes and perfectly tuned notes. B Side is a complex wine, made simply for those who know the difference.