2009 Millworks Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

You know the saying, “it is not what you know but who you know“. This aptly describes how we acquired the 2009 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay from Millworks. Millworks could be termed a pop-up label; there is no traceable link to its winery origins. It’s a one-off of sorts by an ultra-premium producer who is so sensitive to preserving its reputation of exclusivity that they chose to forgo a second label and created a totally new one to maintain anonymity. The wine came to us from a wine broker with whom we have had a long-standing friendship and working relationship, so we trusted him when he vowed that Millworks’ 2009 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay comes from a pedigreed source. What he was able to disclose to us is that rather than bulk off the juice, which is common practice, this undisclosed producer felt the wine was just too good to let go and why they opted to create Millworks. So that’s the nuts and bolts of the business end of things. For the wine drinker what is important here to make obviously clear is that you get a wine made with grapes from a producer who sells their own Chardonnnay at upwards of $50 for $15.98!!!! Now that is what I call a screaming bargain. 60% barrel fermented in French Oak for 12 months so the creamy rich texture is there but then the balance is fermented in stainless-steel tanks so a freshness and brightness is retained on the palate. A supercharged burst of citrus and ripe apples glide along the finish. You may not mistake this for Batard Montrachet, but there is deftness and elegance here that can only come from quality grapes and skilled winemaking.
After an eleven and a half month house remodel, my family finally moved back in! I can’t begin to express how grateful I am. This truly has been a dream come true and one that could never have materialized without the help, encouragement and support of my parents, in-laws, siblings, friends, co-workers, neighbors and a bevy of building professionals like Cameron over at Belmont Hardware a block over from The Wine House (the bath and kitchen knobs look gorgeous, thank you!). The anticipation and adrenaline of moving home took its toll on our immune system; my husband, daughter and I spent our first week home sick. No pity party here…if you’re gonna be feeling ill, well there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home!
Anya Balistreri

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