2009 Chardonnay, 'Center of Effort'
The 2009 vintage produced very exciting Chardonnay wines on our estate, with a combination of richness and length harnessed to an underlying acid structure of an intensity rarely encountered in California wines. Native yeast were allowed their own rhythm and pace - active fermentation required nearly 14 months in new and once-filled French oak barrels, with an additional four months of sur-lees aging prior to bottling. Lemon verbena, cardamom and green apple fruit character dominate the aromas – the palate is compelling, with a lemon zest and a flinty component, layered with crème brulee, spice, and great purity of fruit. Should cellar superbly over the next many years. (244 cases produced)