TN: 2015 Terrien Wines Chardonnay (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley)

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TN: 2015 Terrien Wines Chardonnay (USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley)

#1 Post by Nate Simon » February 13th, 2020, 8:33 pm

Pretty much blown away by this wine, a speculative buy on B-Day from a producer with whom I was totally unfamiliar. The QPR meter melted on this one. Very happy to have more.
  • 2015 Terrien Wines Chardonnay - USA, California, Sonoma County, Sonoma Valley (2/13/2020)
    First experience with this producer. Purchased on Berserker Day.
    This wine makes a singular first impression and exceeds expectations, especially if that expectation is predicated on archetypal Sonoma Chardonnay.
    Pale golden color. Immediately gets one's attention with bracing Granny Smith apple, mirin, and pear aromas. A righteous acid spine supports apple, lime, and baking spice. On its own, this seems almost severe, but makes a magnificent partner with food (Indian in this case). At 4 years of age, it has plenty of miles ahead of it. Drink or hold with confidence.
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#2 Post by Douglas Breen » February 14th, 2020, 12:58 pm

Also bought on BDay. Very good Sonoma Chardonnay. They have the most interesting pricing structure. You can offer below the given price on site. If you pay above the average price for that vintage after it’s gone, you get that as credit towards your next purchase. The wine is easily worth the starting price On the site of $25.

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#3 Post by brigcampbell » February 14th, 2020, 2:17 pm

Douglas Breen wrote:
February 14th, 2020, 12:58 pm
Also bought on BDay. Very good Sonoma Chardonnay. They have the most interesting pricing structure. You can offer below the given price on site. If you pay above the average price for that vintage after it’s gone, you get that as credit towards your next purchase. The wine is easily worth the starting price On the site of $25.
I think I paid about $18 on BD and then got a refund credit.

I spent quite a bit of time with him on the pricing strategy for BD11 because while it was wildly creative I didn't want it to blow up his offer. My philosophy is keep it simple but that doesn't mean someone can't build a better mousetrap.

After some noodling we came up with, what I thought was, a very good balance that worked for everyone.

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#4 Post by Nate Simon » February 14th, 2020, 10:10 pm

Yeah, I think I also paid about $18, which is ridiculous value for this very sophisticated wine.

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#5 Post by Ken Zinns » February 15th, 2020, 6:57 am

Don't know whether Terrien has any Pinot Noir currently available, but I was impressed by their first Pinot bottling from 2014, from Marin County (tasted at a Marin wine event in mid-2016):
Michael Terrien’s small label is focused mainly on Chardonnay. Their inaugural Pinot Noir release is a bottling sourced from Chileno Valley (Corda) Vineyard. Mark Pasternak, who farms the vineyard, poured the single Terrien wine at the tasting – 2014 Marin County Pinot Noir. Fermented with whole clusters and partial carbonic maceration, the wine was aged for one year in one-year old French oak. Showing its herbal and slightly stemmy whole-cluster character upfront, this also displayed bright red fruit and spice on the nose, with medium-light weight on the palate, good structure, and a stony mineral note on the finish. Perhaps a bit young right now but shows potential for cellaring.
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#6 Post by Russ Williams » February 15th, 2020, 7:14 pm

Mine will be shipped the last week of this month and after seeing this note I’m even more excited to get my hands on these.
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#7 Post by Curt Wood » February 20th, 2020, 8:06 am

Had the first of the six I bought, the other night. What a surprise! We were thinking it would probably be a flabby oak flavored wine with little structure. Instead it was the complete opposite. It was crisp with an almost chablis like finish that complimented the saute' of turbot we had with it.

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