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Bella Wines Chardonnay Methode Ancestrale King Family Farms
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Bella Wines Chardonnay Methode Ancestrale King Family Farms 2017

Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, CanadaI was thrilled to see Bella is now working with a Naramata farming legend, the King family. You may have seen their name on Sandhill Pinot Gris in past vintages, but sadly that label was dropped for marketing decisions. This is one of seven (!!) single vineyard pét-nats Bella released this year, cementing their seat as BC's top sparkling house. Like all their ancestrale method wines, this was whole cluster pressed and native fermented. Vibrant and nimble on the palate, with tight lemon acidity, shimmering minerality carrying green apple, crunchy green pear over a slender slick of lees. This wine is alive, packed with intensity and a length that extends beyond its 11 percent frame. The 2017s are Bella's best pét-nats to date, and this might be the pinnacle.Tasted: 31 May 2018Tasted by: Treve RingPrices: BC 40.00 private wine stores Producer: Bella WinesDistributors: Winery Direct
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Varietal: ChardonnayCSPC: 183234UPC: 626990330004