2018 Bench Sonoma County Chardonnay

2018 Bench Sonoma County Chardonnay

¥3,850 (incl. tax)

Bench is a Russian River Chardonnay crafted in a style that’s bright, refreshing, and lightly-oaked. Two vineyards provided the fruit in this wine: Bazzano, with plantings going back to the 1970s, and Fidelis, a newer vineyard located near Windsor. Fermented and aged only partially in oak, Bench Chardonnay is made in a crisp, approachable style that emphasizes the purity, natural acidity and minerality of the fruit. It would pair well with seared scallops or grilled sea bass. 


Winery Description

Founded in 2008 and located in Sebastopol, Sonoma County, the Brack Mountain Wine Company takes an approach to making and marketing wine they believe is more in tune with the 21st century. It operates neither as a “chateau” (no iconic buildings, sprawling estate vineyards, gardens, or caves) nor as a “negociant” bottler of bulk wine. Instead, the company focuses its attention entirely on the craft of producing fine wine. This begins with establishing long-term relationships with growers who farm vineyards sustainably. Whereas Brack Mountain does own a small property in the Dry Creek Valley, most of their production is sourced from excellent vineyards throughout Sonoma County as well as Napa, Mendocino and the Central Coast. BMWC produces a wide range of wines, including appellation and single-vineyard bottlings, varietal wines and blends, coastal Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, Sonoma and Napa Cabs, old-vine Zins and even such obscure varietals as Pinot Gris, Verdelho, and Charbono. Rather than bottle the whole gamut of styles and AVAs under one label, BMWC sells them under 17 different brand names - each with a unique and eye-catching label. In this way, wines from different subregions or in different price categories are given a unique identity, and the company has more versatility in targeting different markets, such as restaurants, wine bars, connoisseurs or millennials. Despite the variety, one thing remains constant: winemaking. All the wines are produced in small lots and in a style that emphasizes freshness, balance, age worthiness, and moderate levels of alcohol. Avoiding many of the costs of running a traditional winery, BMWC can afford to use such artisanal methods as natural yeast fermentations and French oak aging with even its most value-oriented labels.   

Bench offers wines sourced from benchland vineyards planted along the rise between a valley floor and rocky slopes. These vineyards produce wines with character and structure. Bench label wines are AVA-designated, focussing on specific subregions within Sonoma County, such as the Russian River Valley and the Alexander Valley. These wines are sourced from carefully-selected and sustainably-farmed vineyards. BMWC’s most popular label, Bench offers elegant, modern and approachable wines at affordable prices.

About this Wine

Country USA
Region California
Appellation(s) Sonoma County
Winery Bench
Vintage 2018
Color White
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 9.0 x 29.5
Case Size 36.0 x 27.0 x 30.5
Alcohol 13.5%
Product Code BE18CH
UPC 793573135438

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Tasting notes

Aromas of fresh melon and apples, with hints of orange blossoms and honey, precede a crisp palate of Asian pear, honeydew melon and mineral notes of wet stone. It’s an elegant and zippy wine with a clean and refreshing finish.



The fruit was pressed as whole clusters, cold settled overnight, and transferred to stainless steel tanks and French oak barrels. While the tank was inoculated with a proprietary yeast, the must in barrels fermented on indigenous yeast. The malolactic fermentation was halted to retain crispness. The wine aged in 60% stainless tank and 40% barrel for 11 months. 

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