Honrama Cellars

2011 Late Harvest White Wine, Napa Valley, CA
Availablity

3 in stock

Price:
$40.00
Availablity

3 in stock

Appearance pale amber
Aromas tangerine, apricot, baked pear, brown sugar, vanilla bean, caramel, candied ginger, wet firewood
Palate apple pie, orange peel, butterscotch, honey roasted hazelnut, rich and full bodied with clean acidity and long lingering finish
Food Pairing Suggestions
Sip it after dinner or try pairing this late harvest Chardonnay wine with different types of desserts, such as cheesecake or apple pies. As a rule of thumb, the dessert wine should be at least as sweet as the food.
Region

Napa Valley, CA


Production
150 cases
Alcohol
14.7%
Aging Potential
Enjoy now through 2030
Accolades

“The 2011 La Chica Late Harvest White Wine is Chardonnay that was infected with natural botrytis (otherwise known as noble rot) in the vineyard and then harvested late in the year after the grapes turned raisin like (they become desiccated due to the botrytis spores growing on the bunches of grapes). This is 100% Chardonnay. We are often leery of one-off California desert wines made in this style due to too much residual sugar, heavy texture and sometimes cloyingly sweet finishes. Not so with this wine. Very dark amber in color it offers aromas of honeycomb, honeysuckle, caramel, toffee and ripe apricot. Has a leanness on the palate but with a gentle texture – the sweetness is there, but is nicely tempered by the acid. Balanced. Flavors of golden delicious apple, pear, peach, nectarine and almond. Clean bright finish. A wine definitely worth seeking out for dessert wine enthusiasts.” – Dave, Napa Wine Project


Winemaker Notes

La Chica-Made in honor of my sweet, angelic wife, Miriam. Harmonized into one, this wine and La Chica express similarities, everlasting sweetness, richness, and a perfect balance of sweet and crisp. This delicate wine will have you falling in love all over again, just like I do daily.– Proprietor/Winemaker Juan Jose Puentes


About the Winemaker

Miriam Puentes and her husband, Juan Jose Puentes, founded Honrama Cellars for a courageous man who sought to make a better life for himself and his family. Miriam’s father, Honorio Ramirez-Mata came to the United States from Mexico as a young man with hope in his heart and a dream that his family would have opportunity for the future. A very loyal and hard worker, Honorio eventually worked his way out of the fields and into the cellar as foreman for Caymus Vineyards,  and the family moved and settled just north of St. Helena. Over the years working as Cellar Foreman, Miriam’s father was taught how to make his own wine by the owners of the vineyard. He began making his own wine and chose Miriam, his oldest daughter to work in his wine tasting room.  Then, sadly her father past away leaving behind so many unfulfilled plans and dreams for the future. After Honorio’s death, the Wagners at Caymus stepped up and helped Miriam’s family, ultimately supporting her through college. There, Miriam took wine and business marketing classes, which she uses today handling her own winery’s sales and marketing duties. Miriam later met her husband Juan Jose Puentes, whom she convinced to change career paths and who eventually got into the wine business. Throughout the years Juan made valuable connections with winemakers and vineyard managers across Napa Valley and learned the trade. He uses his relationships today to create wine for Honrama Cellars.

About the Winery
Honrama Cellars
Honrama Cellars reflects the bond of respect and admiration between generations. Proprietors Miriam Puentes and Juan Jose Puentes founded Honrama in honor of Miriam's father, Honorio Ramirez-Mata, an immigrant who came to the United States from Mexico as a young man with hope in his heart and a dream that his family would have opportunity for the future. He and his wife worked in the fields of Napa Valley for many years tending to vineyards. A very loyal and hard worker, Honorio eventually worked his way out of the fields and into the cellar as foreman for Caymus Vineyards.
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