Helfer Vineyard, 2004

$ 45.00

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

Rounder and fuller than the focused and lively Scherrer Vineyard bottling, this generous wine is pretty typical of past bottlings, albeit in a riper vintage. As with other Helfer bottlings, this wine has hardly had time in bottle to show its stuff. Usually, two to three more years allow its full expression. Recently, I have been leaving a bottle in the refrigerator for a day after opening to allow this to open up and reveal its gentle starfruit and minerality. As broad-shouldered as this is, there is a pleasant, sneaky brightness that reveals itself on the finish.






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