OCCASIO Chardonnay “Del Arroyo” 2017
“Del Arroyo Vineyard”
Livermore Valley 2017

OCCASIO Chardonnay “Del Arroyo” 2017

“Del Arroyo Vineyard”
Livermore Valley 2017
Occasio Chardonnay
Retail Price: $35
DDWA Score: 89
Value Rating: 2.5
Good Value
Wine Factor: 1
Date Posted: October 4, 2022
Cases Produced: 111
Where to Buy:
Occasio Winery

High quality, rich and voluptuous style of Chardonnay from Livermore Valley. Cool climate plus rocky and meager soils point to Chardonnay grapes full of flavor and character. Barrel ferment and aged with lees stirring and full malolactic, so strong winemaking to match the intensity of fruit. It works, provided you’re in the mood for a creamy, toasty, luscious Chardonnay. Smell and taste roasted pears, spiced apple butter, nutmeg, fig paste, whipped cream and lemon custard. Very young at time of tasting, which I think explains its short finish. I look forward to trying this again come spring 2019 as it needs bottle time. If I’m right, this is a steal for $35.

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From the Occasio website/owner John Kinney: “Named for the Roman Goddess of Opportunity, she comes in an instant, and then is gone forever. Knowing that my greatest regrets were for opportunities not taken, I felt this was a defining name for a winery. My passion is to produce fine wine, but with an emphasis on a style unique to Livermore Valley alone. Not Napa, nor Paso, but Livermore Valley. I’m dedicating my craft to preserve and nurture the Heritage varietals of the Valley.”

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