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)

93 Points, Tasting Panel, September 2012

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2009 Chardonnay, 'Center of Effort'