Chardonnay
Scherrer Vineyard, 2010

$ 54.00

This is a rich and complex expression of Chardonnay from the Scherrer Vineyard. The grapes were whole-cluster pressed to French oak cooperage, where primary and malolactic fermentation occurred. All of these elements were allowed to integrate during its more than yearlong residence in wood. It was bottled without fining or filtration to respect both its delicacy and its more substantial qualities.

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Winemaker's Notes

Seeing the success with the un-inoculated 2009 Helfer Chardonnay fermentation which we started doing (or not doing, according to the point of view of the wine), I decided to apply what we learned to the Scherrer Vineyard bottling as well. I am so happy with this direction that I am kicking myself a little for not going this route earlier. The texture is beautiful and the integration of the small amount of new French Oak and yeast is happening waaaay sooner than it used to. There is a more bright expression to the apple/pear side of the fruit and there are more nuances that peel off of the wine core on the finish. Its youthful appeal causes me to open more bottles of this than I normally do at this stage, yet I do not believe we are sacrificing longer term development with this approach.

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Reviews

  1. Judi Scherrer

    California GrapevineMarch 2013

    Medium-light golden yellow: attractive, floral, herbal, pear and apple aroma with hints of lemon and honeysuckle; medium to medium-full body; fleshy, apple and pear flavors with bright acidity and a slightly plush mouthfeel; lingering aftertaste. Very highly recommended. My score 90. Nick Ponomareff

  2. Judi Scherrer

    Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar May 2013

    Light, bright yellow. Heady aromas of pear, melon, peach pit, smoky lees and dusty minerals. Silky orchard fruit and honeydew flavors are lifted by tangy acidity and sharpened by notes of jasmine and bitter citrus zest. Dry, focused and very pure, finishes with impressive clarity and length. 91 points. Josh Raynolds

  3. Judi Scherrer

    The Wine Spectator November 2013

    Pure, clean, rich and deeply flavored, with a mix of ripe apple, pear, fig and honeydew melon notes. This gains and glides on the finish, ending with a delicate aftertaste. Drink now through 2018. 92 points. Jim Laube

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