Citrus (lemon and grapefruit), apple, almond, medium weight with the balance toward acidity rather than the lush/tropical/buttery California Chardonnay paradigm. I wrote this note at the time of bottling yet this is a wine that deserves a year in the cellar before proper consideration.
13.7% Alc, 6.3 TA, 3.6 pH
Bottled on February 28 2020
126 cases produced
I first tasted this wine in early February from a puncheon in a friend’s cellar. We also thieved glasses from the other barrels in the lot and I could see why this one got kicked out of the blend. The barrel next to it had the wonderful beguiling gunpowder/flint of Chablis while this one, although fine and proper, would only have attenuated the complexity. In the tough-luck way of musical chairs, the winery prefers to bottle only about 300 cases which relegated this puncheon and three 228L barrels to an innocuous tank of Anderson Valley appellation-blend Chardonnay. We’re not going to let that happen.
The vineyard was planted in 1991 and the Pinot and Chardonnay sourced here are perennial single-vineyard designates for several wineries. This particular block is planted with Wente which often has seedless ‘chick’ berries mixed with fat ‘hens’. Harvest was on Oct 3 at 22.3 Brix. 2018 is regarded as super high quality while also a generous year. The abundance of the vintage is what we have to be thankful for since more fruit was harvested than the winery needed.