2011-Chardonnay-Front Label2011 Chardonnay

Varietal: 100% Riesling

Production: 60 cases, 24 magnums

Viti/Vini: 2011 was a very challenging vintage. We morphed from a cool summer to a wet fall that gave us extra disease pressure and therefore drove many to harvest early. Luckily, our Chardonnay grower is one of the most meticulous we know, and managed to harvest some stunning Chardonnay for our first vintage. The grapes were hand-harvested, meticulously sorted, and gently pressed in our tiny little basket press. Fermentations went spontaneously, half in stainless and half in a neutral french oak barrel. Malo happened naturally, and the wines rested on their natural lees for nearly 24 months without SO2 before being blended for bottling.

Tasting Note: Bruised apple skin, ripe pear, baked pineapple, bread dough, and creme fraiche emerge on the nose, while the palate brings on the chalky mineralogy, bright citrus (lemon rind), and salinity. The palate is taught and structured, with only an impression of roundness from the oak. The wine is bone dry and the acid is crisp and bright.

The 2011 vintage is currently unavailable, but check out our other great selections.