Helfer Vineyard, 2000

$ 70.00

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

The 1999 Helfer Chardonnay was a ‘ringer’ in a Burgundy lovers’ blind tasting last spring. It was voted #1 in a group of 8 white Burgundies costing as much as $250. The 2000 Helfer Chardonnay is richer, more generous and slightly more ‘Californian’ than the mineral and complex 1999 but still retains the typical star-fruit character and complexity that sets it apart from most other California Chardonnays.






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  1. Judi Scherrer

    The Wine AdvocateDecember 2003

    Light straw color is followed by abundant quantities of tropical fruit notes as well as a hint of caramel, medium to full body, and fine texture. It is a lovely California styled chardonnay to drink of the next 1-2 years. 88 points. Robert Parker

  2. Judi Scherrer

    International Wine CellarFebruary 2004

    Slightly hazy color. Leesy aromas of lemon, smoke and nuts. Dense but quite dry and subtle, with nutty, leesy flavors complicated by a minty nuance. conveys an intriguing saline quality. A rather Burgundian-style chardonnay, finishing with very good length and a slight dryness. 88 points. Stephen Tanzer

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