2013 Chardonnay, Platt Vineyard, Sonoma Coast
The Corkscrewer Report
Johannes Marlena and Ryan Koczara
The Platt Vineyard, a 32-acre vineyard planted by the late Lew Platt (a former tech industry CEO), is a cooler-climate site located approximately five miles from the Pacific Ocean. With emphasis on terroir and minerality, versus the fruit, this is a highly structured, masculine Chardonnay. Among the collection, this has the most naturally low pH (meaning, highest acidity) and also the highest tannins (because the berries are so small). So much to enjoy young, yet with tremendous aging potential. Intellectually stimulating, the kind of wine you want to sip and think about.