love at first taste...
maldonado los olivos chardonnay
Since the debut of Maldonado Chardonnay, comparisons with the amazing California Chardonnays of Kistler, Marcassin and Peter Michael have become very commonplace. It's only a short matter of time before Maldonado is on every meaningful wine list. For everyone who enjoys Chardonnay or intriguing whites, this is a serious must drink. It also belongs on the must drink lists of those discriminating old-world disciples who will only drink white Burgundy. I've been a fan of this wine for several years, it was love at first taste. I absolutely recommend the wine. One taste and you will agree that Maldonado Chardonnay is correct, expressive and delicious. Perfect.
The Maldonado Family Vineyards started forty-four years ago when Lupe Maldonado moved to California from a small farming community in Michoacan, Mexico. Lupe spent years working in vineyards throughout Napa Valley, and he settled down in the, then, small town of St. Helena. In the early 70's Lupe was working for Sterling Vineyards when Peter Newton offered him the opportunity to join in the creation of a new winery in the Spring Mountain District of St. Helena. Lupe’s dedication and hard work paid off; he was named vineyard manager for Newton. For more than thirty years at Newton Vineyard Lupe proudly dedicated all his passion, energy and skill. His son Hugo succeeded him in 1999. Soon after, Lupe began applying his decades of experience to his own project, a ten acre parcel of land he'd accumulated in the coolest southern reaches of the Napa Valley in Jamieson Canyon.
The wine is made by Abe Schoener, a true maverick in California winemaking. Much like his good friend and mentor John Konsgaard, Abe's winemaking practices and technique produce many of today's more interesting and amazing American wines.