Winemakers John Kongsgaard and Christopher Vandendriesche it again! Only 700 of this stunning, very Burgundian-like Chardonnay were produced! This is a very sophisticated wine. Slightly nutty on the nose with hints of citrus and minerality. The wine is lush on impact, slightly oily, full in body with an amazing elegance and lively green apples and Anjou pear flavors. This wine is round and bold, but oh-so stunningly balanced with a finish that does not seems to end!
Winemaker Notes: “2014 was another early harvest, with pick dates between Sept 3rd and 8th. The fruit was ripe and without sunburn, leading to an incredible freshness and balance of flavors. The “Shot Wente” Heritage Selection Chardonnay fruit whole cluster pressing went longer than usual to extract full flavors. The juice went directly to 85% new French Oak barrels for natural “Wild” yeast fermentation. Fermentation started quickly but still took an average of 12 months to finish. During this time we stirred the barrels weekly until the following November. Bottling was in mid May 2016. The 2014 is a rich and complex vintage.”
Robert Parker 94 Points Review 2013 vintage: “The 2013 Chardonnay was aged for 19 months in 80% new French oak but never reveals that it spent that length of time in so much oak. Crisp, elegant white peach, honeysuckle, and lemon honey are all present in this full-bodied, lovely, pure wine that only shows a whiff of vanillin. It is full-bodied, beautifully fresh, pure and vibrant. Drink it over the next 5-7 years. (My longevity curve on the top California Chardonnays continues to move to longer windows, which is certainly good news.)”
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