Fort Ross Vineyard, 2001

$ 42.00

This Chardonnay is the result of both quality choices in this Sonoma Coast vineyard and attentive hands-off winemaking. Whole-cluster pressing, traditional barrel fermentation and bottling without fining of filtration have retained the nuances of the grape while unleashing this richly generous, perfumed and complex Chardonnay.

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Winemaker's Notes

This is the beginning of what I think is one of the most promising vineyards on the Sonoma Coast. The loose-clustered Hyde and Wente Chardonnay selections are performing beautifully there, at least in the riper vintages we have recently experienced. They produce a wine that is both rich and complex, with minerality and seamless continuity. Like a lemon chiffon cake with a twist of tangerine/lime zest in the aroma, it is generous, but has sufficient acidity to keep it alive and refreshing. I think it will age and develop well for many years due to its concentrated material, balance, and being bottled without any fining or filtration. Fortunately, there was no need to resize any barrels to accommodate this wine.







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