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Staff Pick

Hardesty Cellars, Blanc du Nord - 2015

Item # 36806 750mL
$19.96/ Single Bottle
$239.52 $215.57/ Case of 12
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Tasting Notes

Hardesty Cellars was started in 2008 by Californian, Chad Hardesty. His winery is located 5 hours north of S.F. This is an unbelievable, lively white wine that is aromatic, unoaked and the type of wine that you can enjoy throughout a meal.

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Staff Pick Notes

Forget whatever oak steeped thought that pops into your mind when you think of California whites. Tangy and tongue-tingling the Hardesty Cellars, Blanc du Nord is an eccentric blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon, and Viognier. Toting a curvaceous body laced with lemon curd and crunchy cider drenched granite. A full mouth feel brushes omnipresent daylight on the palate. In the glass you see cloudy sunshine due to the lack of filtering in the wine making process. Notes of diner honey mustard covered rose petals sprinkled upon shaved bitter almond. Funky and comforting, one glass will make you feel like you're wearing a daisy printed cable knit.

- HG

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