2014 Envolve Chardonnay


2014 Envolve Chardonnay

$29.95 (retail) Wine Club pricing reflected in receipt

Ever hear of the Benziger Family in Glen Ellen, one of Sonoma’s storied wine dynasties?  The Envolve brand, including this month’s chardonnay selection, is a venture founded in 2008 and owned and managed by the next generation Benziger siblings Mike, Kim and Chris.  Their portfolio consists of six wines, including a Sonoma Valley cabernet sauvignon.

Things have been going gang-busters for these entrepreneurs, including opening an Envolve tasting room in the city of Sonoma.  The future seems bright, if a bit uncertain.  The Benziger family–headed by founder and CEO Mike Benziger–has recently completed a blockbuster deal, selling the company for an estimated $100 million to wine conglomerate, The Wine Group.  This is the second huge score for the family, having sold its first wine brand, Glen Ellen, to Heublein for an estimated $80 million in 1993.

We’ll watch to see what envolves.

Winery Tasting Notes:  “Farmed from 3 well-known family Russian River vineyards, this wine is a true representation of the Chardonnay grape’s beauty.  Aroma:  green apple, vanilla, lemongrass.  Flavors: Anjou pear, butterscotch.  Finish:  Fuji apple, hazelnut.”

 Blend:  100% chardonnay

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