2015 Teeter-Totter Chardonnay Napa Valley

2015 Teeter-Totter Chardonnay Napa Valley

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A past Wine Access story about 2015 Teeter-Totter Chardonnay Napa Valley

92-point Teeter Totter is “terrific” and “a joy to drink”

Screaming Eagle Alum’s Must-Buy

With six 100-point wines under his belt, Benoit Touquette is not only at the top of his game, he’s at the top of Napa Valley. A protégé to Michel Rolland (himself no stranger to 100-point wines) and also to Andy Erickson at Ovid and Screaming Eagle, Touquette learned from the best — but he’s always been a trailblazer. His luscious 2014 Teeter-Totter Cabernet Sauvignon is currently the #1 selling bottle in the Wine Access Store. On the other hand, today’s 2015 Teeter-Totter Chardonnay is sold almost exclusively to the lucky few on Touquette’s mailing list. Securing this 30-case allocation was no small feat. This "impeccably balanced Chardonnay," is "terrific," and "a joy to drink," says Jeb Dunnuck, formerly of Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. Take note: while making his wines at Realm, literally working next to John Kongsgaard, exchanging ideas, “My inspiration for this Chardonnay was John’s ‘The Judge,’” Touquette told us. Packed with Kongsgaard-esque mouthwatering orchard fruits, flinty notes and bound by honeycomb and toasted brioche — at $34.99 this is simply a must-buy.

Poured by-the-glass at St. Helena’s PRESS, where the Who’s Who of Napa converge nightly to order an impressive array of trophy bottles, the 2015 Teeter-Totter Chardonnay is right at home. Grown from two nearby sites: Toyon Farm in Carneros, and a pristine hillside site in Oakville, between Harlan and Futo. Grapes were hand-harvested at night to maintain perfect freshness, evident in the crisp acidity balancing the wine’s rich notes of honey and toast. There is also an elegant purity of fruit that nods back to Touquette’s French roots without denying the wine’s American heritage.

For all of Touquette’s success, he doesn’t take any of it for granted. That’s because it didn’t happen by accident, or come with ease. When Touquette left his hometown in Bordeaux to move to Napa Valley, he came prepared to do whatever it took to make a name for himself. He never missed a day of harvest. He put in long hours in the cellar next to Erickson at Ovid and Screaming Eagle. "When I set out to make my own wine, and eventually a Chardonnay, my goal was simple,” he told us. “I’m looking for something pure and elegant that can defy time and gravity.”

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From lean, minerally and acidic to full, fruity and oaky, depending on region and style

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