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“The focus of Chessman Vineyards has always been to feature the perfect marriage of cultivar and vineyard,” Nexus Wines President Phil Laramore. Beginning the summer of 2013, vineyard management and winemaking of Chessman wines came under the renowned craftsmanship of Andrew Murray. We are thrilled to welcome him as our new winemaker.
“This is a new starting point for the Chessman Wines. We at Andrew Murray Vineyards will take loving care of these grapes as we apply modern winemaking balanced with a traditional approach, drawing upon my 20+ years of winemaking in the Central Coast,” Andrew Murray. His skill and expertise are propelling Chessman wines into the dream we’ve always wanted for this brand; a brand that displays both unique artisanal qualities and great value.
CHESSMAN North Coast Pinot Noir- *Best Buy* – 2011 Vintage – Beverage Testing Institute
CHESSMAN Lodi Zinfandel- *88 Points* – *Best Buy* – 2010 Vintage – Beverage Testing Institute
CHESSMAN Cabernet – *Best Buy* – 2011 Vintage – Beverage Testing Institute
CHESSMAN Cabernet – *91 Points* – 2011 Vintage – Justwinepoints.com
CHESSMAN ZIN Lodi – *94 Points* – 2010 Vintage – Justwinepoints.com
CHESSMAN CHARDONNAY Sonoma County – *96 Points* – 2010 Vintage – Justwinepoints.com
CHESSMAN CHARDONNAY Sonoma County – *Best Buy – Silver Medal* – 2010 Vintage – Beverage Testing Institute
CHESSMAN CHARDONNAY Sonoma County – *87 Points* – 2010 Vintage – Beverage Testing Institute
This smooth wine opens with a nose of rich dark fruit, leather and spice. With refined tannin structure and layers of complexity, the incredible aromatics and smooth mouthfeel make this a Cabernet you need to experience.
Medium pale straw in color, very bright. The nose is primarily citrus, pear and vanilla oak. A pleasant burst of tropical fruit on the palate, pineapple, pear, citrus, melon. Juicy and lush, mouthfilling.
Deep ruby red in the glass. The nose has hints of mint, dried cranberry and cedar smoke. Firm tannins frame the body of dark cherry, cola and cassis with a hint of bramble. A strong full expression of Merlot with a variety of dark fruits and a long full cedar and smoke finish. It’s full body and ample tannins will also allow extended cellar aging.
CHESSMAN PINOT NOIR
A medium bodied pinot noir with a wide array of flavors. The Chessman Pinot Noir shows a beautiful dark ruby color as well as fat, luscious, vanilla and red cherry aromas. This wine is round and plush, with lovely fruit, and bright acidity to freshen up the long finish.
A rich, full-bodied style of Malbec. The wine was aged in a combination of 80% French and 20% American oak barrels for a period of 6 months. Stunning deep violet color, loaded with plum, cassis and black berry flavors.
Medium dark ruby in color with an enticing clarity. The Chessman Vineyards Lodi Zinfandel has a perfumed nose of spicy raspberry, black cherry, smoky oak including slight anise, pepper and blackberry. Medium tannins bring focus to the middle body. Robust berry flavors with a smooth finish.