2018 Anderson Valley Chardonnay

(12 customer reviews)


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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.

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  1. John Brooks

    Lovely but really will improve with a little more time in the bottle

    John Brooks (verified owner)

    First off – I love this concept. Looking forward to the next wine offer.
    This is a lovely wine obviously made from quality fruit by a winemaker who knows what they are doing. It is very fresh at the moment (I received ours two days ago). Hence the wonderful notes of clean, crisp chardonnay grape on the nose. It’s a great wine to chill and drink now as you mill around the house looking out the window to the people on the street wrapped up in masks. I find it pairs with spicy or light foods. In a year or two I expect the fruityness to evolve into a richer complexity that will go better with more complex dishes.

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