Friday, January 21, 2011

Former Screaming Eagle Winemaker Releases Her First Chardonnay

Destination Cellars currently has five cases in our inventory and we're willing to provide complimentary ground shipping within the U.S. on a minimum purchase of six bottles. Simply enter this special code, "Happy 2011" in the promo box when you are checking out; (click here to enjoy) Cheers and Enjoy!

FANTESCA 2008 CHARDONNAY. This beautiful wine is the only Chardonnay made by celebrated winemaker Heidi Barrett, and is the first new wine project for her since she left Screaming Eagle.This wine is gorgeous! At first glance the golden color is alluring. The aromas are vibrant with hints of fresh stone fruit and honeysuckle. Flavors of tropical fruit, lychee, and lemon custard resonate through the broad mid-palate. The wine seamlessly transitions to a long, lingering finish that will draw you back for yet another sip.

The 2008 Chardonnay grapes were sourced form select vineyards from the Russian River Appellation. After a gentle pressing, the wine was fermented at cold temperatures to retain the beautiful, floral aromas. This technique cannot be rushed nor replicated on a large scale.

HEIDI BARRETT AT HER BEST...Heidi Peterson Barrett is a winemaker who has been responsible for some of California's most notable cult wines, including Screaming Eagle, Dalla Valle Vineyards, Paradigm Winery, Grace Family Vineyards, Amuse Bouche, Revana, Lamborn Family Vineyards, Showket Vineyards and Fantesca. Heidi has also consulted for Diamond Creek and Niebaum-Coppola, and has her own wine label, La Sirena.She is the daughter of California wine pioneer Richard Peterson, and is married to Bo Barrett, winemaker of Chateau Montelena ("Judgment of Paris"), which was recently the subject of the motion picture Bottle Shock. Robert Parker has on several occasions awarded her wines 100 points and called her "the first lady of wine".

FANTESCA ESTATE & WINERY - The essence of its terroir has established the Spring Mountain District as a favorite Napa Valley destination for a multitude of wine lovers. At Fantesca Estate & Winery, renowned terroir and artisan winemaking combine to produce wines of character and refinement that pair well with food, fun and friends. This is exemplified in Fantesca's current wine releases. Early on, Fantesca was recognized by wine critic Robert Parker, Jr., who had awarded a 90 pt score to their inaugural 2002 release.

Destination Cellars recently had the pleasure of announcing our "National Winery Partner of the Year for 2010" and we appropriately named Fantesca! Spending time with the Hoff family and the team at Fantesca allows one to truly understand what an "experience" is all about and they understand the meaning of "family" and "partnership". Destination Cellars recently spent time with Owner Duane Hoff in Houston, Texas for a private wine dinner event this past November during which we had the opportunity to taste the new 2008 Fantesca Chardonnay produced for them by famed winemaker Heidi Barrett. To learn more, (click here) on this great video.

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