Helfer Vineyard, 1999

$ 65.00

The Helfer Vineyard is located in the Vine Hill area of the Russian River Valley. The vineyard’s densely planted vines require hand cultivation and yield more concentrated fruit than can be achieved by traditional California vine spacing. We bottle this Chardonnay without fining or filtration to preserve its finer qualities.

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Winemaker's Notes

This vineyard makes unusual-for-California Chardonnay. It seems to demand more bottle age than the Scherrer Vineyard Chardonnay from the Alexander Valley. My second vintage with this Russian River Valley Chardonnay, I felt it has the material to move toward a more edgy, controversial style that would benefit from bottle age. It was harvested a little riper racked a little ‘dirtier’, and fermented warmer than in 1998, giving it less of the pretty floral notes and more meaty, leesy, ‘stinkiness’ reminiscent of some young white Burgundies. It is not a style for everyone, but thems that likes that style, is thems that will be pleased.






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SKU: CHH99 Category: flavors: ,