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Argot Simpatico Ranch Chardonnay Bennett Valley
Argot Wines
United States - California - Sonoma County

Simpatico Ranch was planted in 1974. Shallow volcanic soils on the gently-sloped, south-facing foothills of Bennett Peak on Bennett Valley’s floor. One of (if not the) coolest Chardonnay vineyards in Sonoma County.

A wine of crystalline purity, toe-walking across the palate on an energetic expression of honeydew melon, Meyer lemon and orange blossom; balanced by piercing minerality, distinct flintiness, and a kiss of sauvage; finished by an extended, kaleidoscopic unfurl towards the back of the palate.

Specifications
Appellation
Sonoma County
Wine Type
White
Varietal(s)
100% Chardonnay (40 years old)
Agricultural Practices
Sustainable
Soil type
shallow volcanic soils
Vinification
Night harvested by hand, whole-cluster pressed direct to barrel; no settling to ensure maximum lees contact. Barrel fermented on heavy lees. Malolactic fermentation. 16 months in French oak barriques, two-thirds new. Racked to stainless steel tank 2 months before bottling. Bottled unfined, unfiltered.
Production
150 (9-liter cases)

Reviews and News

2018 Argot Simpatico Ranch Chardonnay Bennett Valley - 96 PTS - JD

2018 Argot Simpatico Ranch Chardonnay Bennett Valley - 96 PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"The 2018 Chardonnay Simpatico Ranch is a step up, offering more of everything, including more focus and precision. Beautiful notes of ripe orchard fruits, toasted brioche, hazelnuts, and floral nuances flow to a richly textured, medium to full-bodied Chardonnay with a layered texture, integrated acidity, and a great finish. It’s another terrific wine from this estate. It opens up nicely with air and I suspect will evolve for 7-8 years, if not longer."

- Jeb Dunnuck (January 2021), 96 pts

2015 Argot Simpatico Ranch Chardonnay Bennett Valley - 95+ PTS - WA

2015 Argot Simpatico Ranch Chardonnay Bennett Valley - 95+ PTS - WA

wa95"Wow—I just love the nose of the 2015 Chardonnay Simpatico Ranch, which sings of fresh grapefruit, lemon curd and yuzu with nuances of acacia honey, fresh ginger, lime blossoms and chopped almonds. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the mouth with a stunning array of citrus, spice and floral notions, backed by seamless freshness and packaged in a beautiful satin-textured frame, finishing with great length and depth. Yes, yes, yes! 150 cases produced. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #237, June 2018), 95+ pts

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