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2005 Elizabeth Spencer Chardonnay Block Seven Sonoma Coast

Elizabeth Spencer produces wines made from sourced Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah. They have a cozy tasting room in Rutherford, across the street from BV Winery and Rutherford Grill but, for the most part, only the Cabernet Sauvignon comes from Napa Valley. The rest of the fruit comes from the Sonoma Coast AVA. The winemaking is handled by co-owner Spencer Graham with Matthew Rorick (Matthew Rorick Wines & Forlorn Hope).

The wines are intended to be strike a balance between richness and elegance, ripeness and appellation-typicity. Likewise, Elizabeth Spencer wants their wines to be both accessible early and age-worthy. I have been impressed with both the Block Seven Pinot Noir and Block Seven Chardonnay when young. I bought some of each from the 2005 vintage and cellared a few. This review is based on one of those wines, tasted February 3rd.

The wine is medium minus gold which is appropriate given it’s age. The aromas are fruit-driven and engaging. Nectarine, cooked pineapple, baked apple and sweet baking spices were the most prominent. The palate is very full-bodied yet kept in balance by moderate acidity. The medium-plus alcohol is not intrusive. Flavors include dried apricot, pear, chai spice, walnut, clove and, in the background, oak. The finish is generous.

The 2005 Elizabeth Spencer Block Seven Chardonnay Sonoma Coast is a rich, even plush, wine that is simultaneously sensuous and complex. It’s ripe fruit and viscosity are unmistakably Californian, but it is neither oaky nor buttery. It will complement a wide variety of foods, including the usual suspects such as crab and lobster, salmon, and firm white fish. I enjoyed the wine that remained after evaluation with veal piccata. The wine is still drinking well now and should continue to do so for another couple of years, though the fruit flavors will continue their transition from fresh to dried. Highly Recommended.

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2005 Elizabeth Spencer Chardonnay Block Seven Sonoma Coast
Rating: Highly Recommended

Drink: Now through 2013
Release Date: March, 2007
Retail Price: $60.00 (for current, 2007 vintage)
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Origin: 100% Sonoma Coast
Aging: French oak on the lees with batonage
Alcohol: 14.4%

Closure: Cork

The wine above was purchased for review. It was not tasted blind.

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This article is original to NorCalWine.com. Photo by Fred Swan. Copyright 2010 NorCal Wine. All rights reserved.