Orin Swift Cellars Mannequin Chardonnay 2021 (750 ml)

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Tasting Notes and Description

Tasting Notes For Orin Swift Cellars Mannequin Chardonnay 2021

The vintage mannequins had style and personality, contrary to their contemporary descendants . But like the mannequins on the label, many of Orin Swift’s Chardonnay vineyards have their own set of unique characteristics—the soil, the rickety old gate or even the dove hunters in the adjacent field. From the tops of the Stagecoach Vineyard to the cool Sonoma Carneros, we let Chardonnay hang until they turn golden-brown, and after being carefully picked, are barrel fermented in a mix of new and seasoned French oak. No two resulting lots ever smell or taste the same , but when blended together, they create something never seen before—much like the collection of mannequins on the bottle.

The nose opens with rich aromatics of Meyer lemon, honeydew, butterscotch and honeysuckle , with accents of jasmine, white pepper and fennel pollen. A massive palate consists of ripe white peach and a bold Werther’s Origina l entry and a layered midpalate of nectarines, pineapple and honey. A touch of green apple and wet stone culminate in a concise crème brulee finish.

Critic Ratings

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate Review - Rated 90:

Even with an appreciable volume (11,300 cases), all of the 2021 Chardonnay Mannequin was barrel fermented and matured, spending eight months in 23% new French oak. Blended primarily from Santa Barbara and Sonoma sources (there is some Napa fruit, as well as 2.6% Viognier), it's toasty on the nose, boasting notes of roasted cashew, grilled peaches and vanilla. It's full-bodied, lush and easy to drink, with tropical fruit and pineapple on the finish. Enjoy it on the young side.

Winery Orin Swift Cellars
Country United States
Region California
Year 2021
Grape Varietal Chardonnay
Size 750 ML
ABV 15%
Wine Style White Wine

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