VERY LAST CALL 4 this Helen Turley/Marcassin Disciple’s EXTRAORDINARY 96 Point Chardonnay –VERY LIMITED

Owner/winemaker Matt Courtney grew up in Danville and attended Cal as a philosophy major. After graduation, he worked in area restaurants which led him to Chez Panisse and his first exposure to the world of fine wine. He began studying for the M.S. exam while working with Ken Fredickson MS at Terroir Bistro in Jackson Hole and it was there that he began to feel that winemaking, not wine tasting, was his true calling. A day spent with Jacques Ladiere in the cellars of Louis Jadot confirmed it. It was back to school, this time at UC Davis, to study viticulture and enology, and right out of school he was tapped by Helen Turley to replace his friend, Brian Marcy (Big Table Farm) as her assistant at Marcassin Vineyards. He remained there from 2005-2013 and the day after his departure started Ferren Wines with David Wherritt, a good friend from UC Berkeley. Ferren, an old English word meaning, “far or distant”  encapsulates the remoteness of the Sonoma Coast, from which all the fruit for Ferren is sourced – Frei Rd., Silver Eagle, Lancel Creek. Ferren is a “must have” for any wine list and we are thrilled to be representing them

Ferren 2021 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast 
GGWC 74.99 

Ferren’s Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is a barrel-select blend of all the single vineyard Chardonnays (Frei, Silver Eagle, and Lancel Creek). No less astounding in texture, depth, or acidity, it is simply barrels that offer more in their youth and the tiniest touch less oak.
Robert Parker 96 Points: “The Chardonnay Sonoma Coast is a blend of declassified barrels from Ferren’s single-vineyard program. It was matured in 20% new French oak for 12 months and six months in stainless steel. It takes time to unfold from youthful flint and crème brûlée aromas to deeper tones of baked quince, warm peaches and roasted almonds. The light-bodied palate pairs concentrated, creamy flavors and generous yet integrated oak spice with lively acidity, and it has a long, nutty finish. 272 cases were made.”
FMW 96 Points: “This might be one of the more elegant, and aromatic wines I have tasted lately. The aromas of Anjou pear, Gravenstein apple, and lemon zest jump out of the glass. The 2021 vintage offers an amazing body and wonderful balance with the right amounts of tropical fruit and a touch of nuttiness, and mouthwatering acidity ratios. On the mid-palate, you’ll encounter a whiff of minerality, that leads into a long and lush finish of silky creaminess.

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