Helfer Vineyard, 2003

$ 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

This could end up my favorite vintage of this bottling to date. It has verve, balance, star-fruit, minerality and excitement. However, with this vineyard, its potential is only realized after several years’ bottle time. We are finding that the 1998 and 1999 vintages are drinking spectacularly right now. Often mistaken for white Burgundy, this site is certainly a proper place for Chardonnay. Happily, we will receive the first fruit from ex-Pinot Noir vines grafted to more of this Chardonnay material in 2005, so it will be slightly easier to obtain in the future.






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