Brutocao Cellars Über Chard Review

The Brutocao family uses the ‘Über’ designation for wines that are intensely varietal and delicious. The grapes for this Chardonnay come from the family’s Bliss Vineyard where they grow Dijon and Wente clones.

Wine review by: Jessyca Frederick

Über Chard
Über Chard: front of bottle with wine in glass

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About this Wine

Wine: 2021 Über Chard
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Winery: Brutocao Cellars
Region: Mendocino, California
Cases produced: 1,250
Retail price: $22
I consumed it: September 2022
My source: The Premier Series of The California Wine Club

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From this wine club: The Premier Series of The California Wine Club

From this winery: Brutocao Cellars

Region: Mendocino, California

Wine color/style: White wine

Grape variety or blend: Chardonnay

Tasting notes: Vanilla, Caramel, Apricot, Peach

Other characteristics: Small production

Über Chard: What I think

A true family winery, Brutocao’s main vineyard, Bliss, was first farmed in 1943 by Irv Bliss. When Irv’s daughter married Len Brutocao, the families joined forces to convert the Mendocino farm into a vineyard. After selling their grapes to well-known wineries in Sonoma and Napa, they began making their first wines in 1980. Still family owned and operated, the fourth generation of descendants has joined the team, wearing many hats as most people do in family-run businesses.

Over time Brutocao has added new vineyards to their holdings, and they now call their Mendocino vineyards, collectively, Hopland Ranches. At the Bliss Vineyard, the Feliz Vineyard, and the Content Vineyard they grow: Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Merlot, Sangiovese, Barbera, Dolcetto, and Primitivo (sometimes confused for Zinfandel, but a distinct grape).

The official tasting notes: “Aromas of apricot and melon lead in with a hint of white flower and sweet caramel. Cooked pears in vanilla open to bright peaches on the mid-palate, followed by a finish of caramel apples.”

It’s rare, but sometimes when Mitch and I taste a wine, we don’t taste the same things. For Mitch, this wine was all apricot and peach. For me, I perceived less peach and much more vanilla and caramel. That’s what’s interesting about complex wine, everyone gets something different out of it.

Last updated: March 19, 2023

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