Helfer Vineyard, 2002

$ 50.00

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

Beginning with the 1999 vintage, I began to understand how this vineyard’s Chardonnay needs several years in bottle to begin to reach its potential. I am also learning to give it more than 12 months in barrel as well. It is more like a white Burgundy than a California Chardonnay, often fooling experienced tasters. The vineyard is so well suited for this variety that the Helfers have grafted over most of their Pinot Noir to a selection of Chardonnay budwood that they got from Kistler vineyards, their neighbor across Vine Hill Road. This vintage is most like the generous 2000 except that there were only two barrels, one new and one old.






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  1. Judi Scherrer

    Wine EnthusiastNovember 2005

    Spicy and rich, this Chard is a bit softer than Scherrer’s Fort Ross bottling, and is also leesy and oaky. The flavors are of peaches and apples. It shows a balanced complexity throughout. 91 Points. Steve Heimhoff

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