Helfer Vineyard, 2021

$ 54.00

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

Our style of Chardonnay is probably best described as middle of the spectrum with surprises. It is barrel fermented in a mixture of old and new French oak using our own indigenous microflora. It is aged on lees in barrel for an extraordinarily long time and bottled without fining or filtration. The extended time on yeast lees (23 months) gives remarkable texture and fullness (surprise #1) which are balanced by the salivary-inducing acidity (surprise #2) necessary for that upward trajectory on the finish.

The 2021 vintage from this site possesses all the best qualities of the area: Richness paired with balancing acidity, great fruit (pear/apple with a hint of star fruit), and a nice non-fruit petrichor note. Compared to recent vintages, it’s a bit richer than the racy 2020, more fruit-driven than the 2019, more similar to 2018 and 2016 (and especially the 2009). This should ‘ring the bell’ for Chardonnay lovers.








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