Sonoma Coast, CA
Valdez Family Winery
What we love
Combining fruit from three iconic vineyards along the Sonoma Coast, the 2016 Chardonnay shows notes of honeysuckle and apple, with warming undertones of vanilla and toasty oak meshing perfectly with the wine’s citrus-driven acidity. Zesty, mouth-coating, and a true pleasure to drink. Pair with rich seafood or creamy pasta dishes.
About this Wine
If you follow some of California’s preeminent Chardonnay producers like Paul Hobbs and Mark Aubert, chances are you’ve seen the name Ulises Valdez, or UV, on some of their top bottlings. Ulises Valdez is one of California’s most sought-after wine growers and when he’s not farming vineyards for Aubert, Kistler, Paul Hobbs and others, he’s cultivating his dream of building a successful brand. To help with the winemaking aspects, it is Ulises' friend and client, Mark Aubert, who made this Chardonnay. This is your chance to drink an Aubert Chardonnay for under $90 a bottle!
Here’s what Robert Parker, Jr. has to say:
"Mark Aubert is one of the contenders for California’s finest practitioner of Burgundian-styled, yet classic, California Chardonnays. His offerings are all made like grand cru Burgundies with full malolactic, the use of French oak and lees stirring, but the purity of fruit, the textural dimensions, and the stunning singularity of these Chardonnays can only be matched by a handful of other Chardonnay producers in the world. He’s that good."
Same farmer, same winemaker, same quality as Aubert, except it’s under a different label. Enjoy!
Drink now through 2030.
- Technical Data
- Blend: 100% Chardonnay
- Alcohol: 14.5% | Production: 200 cases.
- Winemaking: Fermented with wild native yeast and barrel aged on the lees for 15 months in French oak (20% new) before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Valdez Family Winery
Ulises will say his biggest winemaking achievement came in 2010, when his Silver Eagle Chardonnay was served at the White House for President Obama’s state dinner honoring the former President of Mexico, Felipe Calderón.
“Just the idea to have one of the bottles of Valdez – this guy who jumped the border in ’85 – on the same table where my hero ate so many times – President Ronald Reagan, who made me legal – that was huge.”
Beautiful wines, made by a remarkable gentleman with an inspiring story. You don’t find wines like Valdez at your corner store.
"I have a passion to make the best wine, to have the best vineyards, to grow the best grapes." Ulises' clients all agree that his work ethic and positive attitude are what set him apart. "I don't pay for my dreams, so I might as well keep dreaming."
So far, Ulises’ dreams are coming true. With more than 30 harvests behind him, Ulises has risen to the top of his profession. Widely considered to be one of the most knowledgeable and skilled vineyard managers in wine country, Ulises has worked with some of the most important winemakers in California including Paul Hobbs, Mark Aubert, Kent Rosenblum, and Jeff Cohn.
Ulises Valdez, the Mexican immigrant who worked his way from the bottom to the very top. Who overcame immense hardship following the loss of his father at age eight and who was not afraid to fail before he succeeded.
I couldn’t be more proud to share Ulises’ wines with you.
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