Wine of the Week – Gloria’s “Old Vines,” 2012 Chardonnay

From Redwood Valley, CA, Gloria’s “Old Vines” produces wines from exclusively “old” vineyards. This 2012 Chardonnay Mendocino comes from one chosen for its vines, which are a minimum of 30 years old. Those for this vintage were 39.

We tend to think of winter as a time for red wines, but this Chardonnay is well worth sipping for its intriguing richness and minerality. It has Chardonnay’s characteristic crispness and more. Hand crafted, it will stand the test of time if you have the patience to keep it on your wine rack, but it is worth opening and enjoying now for its elegance and quality. The wines have limited production – 320 cases – and come from John K. Callaghan, a winemaker who dedicates them to the “elegance and refinement of Gloria Baum and her sincere love of wine.” Check the wine out at

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