Chardonnay
Helfer Vineyard, 2019

$ 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

Planted in the early 1990’s on lower vigor rootstock and very close spacing (one of the first planted this way in the area, actually), I have been working with this site since the late 1990’s.  Originally, I took the Chardonnay to get the Pinot Noir.  The next year I took the Pinot Noir to get the Chardonnay, then finally convinced Don Helfer to graft most of his Pinot Noir to Chardonnay for us in the early 2000’s.

Lemon marmalade, shortbread and a little petrichor greet the nose.  On the mouth, initially rich and Puligny-like, with decent acidity it presents itself unlike typical CA Chardonnay.  There is pear skin, Fuji apple flavors and a minerally finish. I think it is an exceptional Chardonnay site and have been really pleased to work with it continuously for more than 20 years.

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