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Fait Main'Penhoet Toyon Farm' Chardonnay 2018
200 cases were produced of this gorgeous Chardonnay from the secluded Toyan Farm in Carneros. This 2018 release is comprised of 25-year old, Old Wente clone which allows Benoit to create a French-driven, California expression of this special Chardonnay. It is supple and elegant with graceful minerality and round, rich fruit notes of meyer lemon, crushed rocks with pear and baking spiced aromas. Benoit aged the wine in concrete egg fermenters along with partial malolactic fermentation in new French oak which provides additional layers of complexity and silken texture in the glass.Benoit Touquette grew up one of Burgundy's main cities, Lyon, before moving to Bordeaux to attend graduate school. He worked the mobile bottling lines to pay for schooling and it was while doing this that he got to see and feel the infectious passion of the winemakers he met. He quickly switched his focus to oenology and completed two degrees before moving to Napa Valley to intern with renowned winemaker Andy Erickson (formerly of Screaming Eagle, Staglin and now Dalla Valle, Favia and Marciano) before venturing on his own to become winemaker at Realm Cellars and begin his own wine brand, Fait Main and Teeter Totter. Benoit's style of wines that he produces are opulent and bold, with a focus geared towards showing each vineyard's potential.
- RegionNapa Valley