2014 Chardonnay, Platt Vineyard, Sonoma Coast
95 points, Robert Parker
“…Medium-bodied with great richness and depth in the mouth, it has a lovely creamy texture offset by a wicked backbone of freshness, finishing long with mineral…”
2014 was another classic vintage. A mild winter and spring caused an early bud break followed by consistent temperatures throughout the summer, promoting even ripening. We had ample hang time which in turn yielded intense varietal character and a rich texture.
We press the whole clusters for delicacy. Native-yeast and full native malolactic fermentation take place in barrel, with sur lies bâtonnage. After aging 19 months in 25% new French oak barrels (François Frères and Taransaud), this Chardonnay was fined and settled in tank following the next harvest. It was then bottled without filtration.
The Platt Vineyard is our coolest site, producing wine that is more focused and mineral driven than fruit driven.