In 2018 most vineyards were still struggling from the 3 years drought. This is David’s 12th vintage of Chardonnay here. The wine is made from 4 different vineyards. There are some distinct similarities to the flavors found in cooler Burgundian and Chablis sites – perhaps most noticeably, Meursault. The focus here is to make elegant wines that work with food.
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91 pts Tim Atkin MW 2019
Super and bottled under screwcap to make it easily available to a mass audience, this is an adroitly judged Chardonnay with elements of new oak, malolactic and wild yeast fermentation and a clean, fresh citrus and stone fruit palate. 2019-23
90 pts John Platter (4 1/2 Stars)
Elegantly restrained oaking (30% new, 10 months) lends roundness and body to finely crafted 18, raising bar on 17. Textural, sensual, with perfumed citrus fruit, precise acidity, lingering finish. Outstanding quality at the price.
Hand picked Chardonnay grapes, from 4 blocks planted with French CY95 and California CY 8 and CY 9 clones. Vine age ranges from 20 -30 years and planting density is around 3500 plants per acre. Grapes are harvested in several stages, to provide layers of complexity and blending components (22 Brix up to 25 Brix). Grapes are whole bunch pressed and then fermented in 300 liter barrels, with roughly 20% new French oak and the balance up to 5 years old. About 10% is fermented in concrete eggs. Barrel portion is fermented with natural yeasts. Maturation period runs 10 – 11 months with only 30% going through Malo. Prior to bottling, wine is filtered via Vegecol, X Flow filtration and then fined with Bentonite. 15,000 bottles were produced.