2014 Chardonnay, Westside Farms, Russian River Valley
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“…The medium to full-bodied palate is more powerfully fruited and concentrated than perhaps the nose suggests, with rich citrus and stone fruit flavors supported by racy acid, finishing long and creamy.” 95 pts, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, The Wine Advocate, March 2017
2014 was another classic vintage, despite the third consecutive year of drought. A mild winter and spring triggered early bud break, while much-needed late spring rain alleviated water stress on the vines through summer. Summer temperatures were warm and steady, balanced by particularly cool mornings, which permitted even fruit development. Cooler weather in August further lengthened hang time, resulting in perfectly matured fruit with moderate sugar levels.
We whole-cluster press for phenolic delicacy. Native-yeast and full native malolactic fermentations then take place in barrel, with sur lies bâtonnage. After aging 19 months in 30% new François Frères oak barrels, this Chardonnay was lightly fined and settled in tank before bottled without filtration.
This is our first estate Chardonnay, from the heart of the Russian River Valley. It has a complex and harmonious mouthfeel, balancing power & elegance.