Unfiltered Blonde 2014 Wine Review

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I usually get cold feet about celebrity wines but Unfiltered Blonde 2014 got 90 points from Wine Enthusiast Magazine so it is fine by me.

A collaboration between high fashion model and reality TV star Brandi Glanville and Rippey Family Vineyards, this California Chardonnay displays all the characteristics we love about this ever so popular and versatile grape from The Golden West.

The Rippey family have been in the Napa Valley for four generations and have witnessed first-hand the explosion of viniculture in this iconic wine growing region over the last five decades. Brothers Nathan and Tyler worked their way up to their own wine brand after crushing grapes for their grandfather as kids and working with their dad in his wine business. Polishing their craft alongside some of Northern California’s best, the brothers launched Rippey Family Vineyards. This family enterprise behind some of America’s top brands and is one of the biggest custom wine producers in the country.

Chardonnay is a leading grape in California with about 100,000 of it under the vine and has long had the top position on the most popular wines in the US. A hardy varietal, in California it expresses as buttery, full-bodied with tropical tones, hints of oaky vanilla, and good acidity.

Fruit for Unfiltered Blonde was hand-picked from Sonoma County and Yountville to protect the fine qualities of grapes and whole-cluster-pressed the grapes were hand-picked and whole-cluster pressed for more delicate flavors. The Sonoma fruit went into stainless steel for fermentation to preserve the distinct qualities of the varietal while the second parcel was French oak fermented for a toasty touch.

Tasting notes of Unfiltered Blonde 2014


Golden and bright hinting at full body and oak. Medium legs.


Granny Smith apple mingles with crisp pear and juicy melon underpinned by a warm glow of vanilla.


Sweeps in with shining orchard fruit and a gorgeous acidic bite that settles on your palate gently and sumptuously. The mid-palate is lush with succulent fruit and toasty vanilla tones courtesy of oak aging. The texture is full and smooth leading to a warm finish of creamy bubble gum notes and a pinch of tartness right at the end. Well, balanced, round, and easy drinking with enough subtle complexity to keep it interesting.

Food Pairing

It is full-bodied and has an oaky personality so goes well with that little bit of richness. Pair with rich fish like turbot or veal dishes. It also goes down a dream with seafood, light meats, and dishes featuring creamy sauce. Vegetarians can enjoy it with anything top-heavy n red pepper or pumpkin ravioli. This elegant Chardonnay is also great as an evening refresher.

Drinking Readiness

Now or never for this one! Serve it super cold.

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