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SLEEPING GIANT Chardonnay  "Buena Tierra Vineyard"  Russian River Valley 2017

Retail Price: $48

Value Rating: 2.9

Wine Factor: 1.5
Date Posted: October 23, 2020
Cases Produced: 213

Scores & Value Ratings Explained

DDWA Score: 93

Good Value


Rich golden, brilliant color. Honeyed, ripe green apple, lemon custard aroma move seamlessly to the flavor which is strong and luxurious. I also taste freshly baked biscuits, roast almonds and hazelnuts, caramel apples and lemon zest. It’s round and voluptuous in the mouth. In a word: WOW. This is top of the line Chardonnay in the rich and luscious category. As an aside, my wife doesn’t particularly like the bold Chardonnay style. This – she likes. If you want to go classic food & wine pairing, pan-seared scallops on potato/celery root puree and browned butter is the way to go!

Sleeping Giant is one of owner/winemaker Chris Dearden’s labels. Chris specializes in making small-production Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and others. His Dearden Estate vineyard in southern Carneros, is an outstanding vineyard planted to mostly Pinot Noir with a little bit of Chardonnay. His wines are remarkably consistent in their tastiness.

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