Helfer Vineyard, 2006

$ 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 vintage yielded a very rich and full wine. Lime zest, star fruit, minerality/wet stones on the nose, enveloped by a fairly thick texture in the mouth with sufficient, enlivening acidity are the hallmarks of this vineyard. It is just a baby with great promise.






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  1. Judi Scherrer

    The Wine AdvocateDecember 2008

    The lemon and orange blossom-scented 2006 Chardonnay Helfer Vineyard possesses outstanding fruit purity, medium to full body, zesty acidity, and a subtle note of wood. Consume it over the next 2-3 years. Fred Scherrer continues to turn out reasonably priced, consistently well-made reds and whites. 90 points. Robert Parker

  2. Judi Scherrer

    Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine CellarMay 2009

    Greenish-yellow. Musky citrus and pear aromas are complicated by gentle leesy nuances, anise and minerals. Light-bodied, impressively precise lemon and orchard fruit flavors are surprisingly delicate, picking up white pepper and mint notes with air. Understated and impressively pure wine. 90 points. Josh Raynolds

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