This is a rich and complex expression of Chardonnay from the Scherrer Vineyard. The grapes were whole-cluster pressed to French oak cooperage, where primary and malolactic fermentation occurred. All of these elements were allowed to integrate during its more than yearlong residence in wood. It was bottled without fining or filtration to respect both its delicacy and its more substantial qualities.
Fresh green apple, baked Gravenstein apple, wet stones, baking spices greet the nose and echo on the palate. A haunting floral note on the front end like apple or plum blossoms and plays hide and seek with the fresh apple notes. There is a good balance of angles (acidity and tannin) and rounds (glycerol), great length and good salivary response on the finish which makes this so versatile with food. These Chardonnays age really well and evolve rather than just get ‘wrinkles.’ I wish we had more bottles of past vintages in the library to show and sell. But word has gotten out that they evolve into something special so library wines have been fairly well cleaned out though there is still enough held back to continue to offer some on the 16th. In a time when far extremes of style seem to polarize the discussion of what is valid, ours is a refreshing alternative, somewhere in the happy middle ground. Yields per acre are extremely low, about 1 ton per acre, and this site overachieves regularly.
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