2016 Three Thieves California Chardonnay


Like Robin Hood, who stole from the rich and gave to the poor, Three Thieves Winery believes that one’s fortune (or lack thereof) need not preclude the enjoyment of such riches as premium California wine. Indeed, sharing a bottle of wine with loved ones or good friends is not a privilege; it’s a basic right! And who said fine wine must come in a cork-stoppered 750 ml bottle with an elegant label? From the start, Three Thieves has snubbed the snobs by bottling Zinfandel in one-liter jugs, or Cabernet in lightweight tetra paks. But unlike many brands with a low price point, Three Thieves does not merely repurpose wine sold on the bulk market. Rather they cultivate relationships with conscientious growers, and make and blend the wines at a facility in the Napa Valley. The “Three Thieves” behind this brand are  Joel Gott, Roger Scommegna, and Charles Bieler, each of whom might be considered a serial entrepreneur of the drinks and hospitality trades, with hands in such disparate ventures as a hotel in Mendocino, a gourmet hamburger stand in St. Helena, or such “hipster” products as hard cider, artisanal Mescal and Riesling in kegs. Joel Gott, of course, is well-known to Hotei fans as a producer of fine wines that win awards but remain affordable. But whereas the JG wines are made to grace the dining table, Three Thieves will be the life of the party. Bold, brash, irreverently packaged but carefully sourced and well-made, these are California varietal wines that will spark conversation and good times whenever you get together with friends, family, colleagues or new acquaintances. 


A scrumptious wine priced for everyday drinking with impressive aromas and rich flavors. What’s not to like? With fruit sourced from Lodi (60%) and the California coast (40%), this is a voluptuous, rich Chardonnay, with an irresistible bright golden color and inviting tropical fruit flavors. It’s a clean, crisp wine with a bit of everything we like in California Chardonnay - some citrus and some tropical fruit, a bit of toasty oak, a dab of creaminess to the texture, and a medium body. Try this delicious Chardonnay with caesar salad, crab cakes or pasta with creamy sauces. 


Fermented on French and American oak with a portion of the wine undergoing malolactic fermentation.

Tasting notes

Pineapple and pear on the nose open up to a palate of fresh pear, green apple and toasty spice notes. The full-bodied creaminess is balanced nicely against crisp acidity