2018 'Live Free or Die' Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

2018  'Live Free or Die' Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

2018 'Live Free or Die' Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

In 2013, vintner, philanthropist and University of New Hampshire alum Peter Paul introduced Live Free or Die Pinot Noir, a commemorative wine to mark the opening of UNH’s Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics. To this day, we sell this wine exclusively in the Granite State. The growing success of the label (2015 vintage: 90 points by Wine Enthusiast) led us to introduce a new dance-partner to keep the Pinot Noir company. This is the third vintage of Live Free or Die Chardonnay, the first of which (2016) also received 90 points by Wine Enthusiast.

Tasting Notes: An elegant vintage produced an elegant Chardonnay, with graceful aromas of orchard fruit— apples, white peach, persimmon, along with a floral touch resembling jasmine. On the palate there’s a taut balance between indulgent citrus/stone fruits, florals, almond shell, and the suggestive allure of creaminess. There is perhaps less evident oak-notes than the 2017, but I think the vibrancy inherent to this vintage integrated with the barrel a bit better this year. The finish lingers with a soft hint of a smoky, stony nuance, probably from the Bacigalupi component. Don’t overchill, this has lots going on.

$25 750ml