Coming off of the low yielding 2008 vintage, the Chardonnay vines in 2009 were just itching to put out a big crop, and boy howdy did they ever. With over 300 tons harvested we were well over target levels, allowing us to cherry pick only the very best lots for this year’s bottling. The mild growing season and warm (but not too hot) ripening period provided optimal conditions, giving us an abundance of excellent lots to work with.
One new addition to the program this season is the use of limited quantities of several Dijon clones of Chardonnay. These new (to us) clones enhance the floral tones and bring in yet another layer of complexity.
Classic Chardonnay coloring of pale golden straw, the bouquet draws you in with delicate nuances of wet stones, lichee, white peach, orange blossoms, and a slight hint of toasted almonds.
The palate is soft and fleshy with a delicate smoothness and fantastic weight throughout. Loaded with bright citrus tones of sweet mandarin and Meyer lemon, along with white nectarine, and rich tropical notes of guava, pineapple, and lichee, all complemented with subtle sweet oak. This is the wine to bring to that next big dinner party or business lunch– get ready for the kudos.
Harvest dates: 9/8 – 10/6, 2009
Time in Oak: 10 months in 100% French oak (9.0% new)
Bottling Date: 8/10-8/19, 2008
Release Date: Spring 2011