2014 La Pommeraie Chardonnay 750ml
Whole cluster pressed, indigenous yeast fermentation in French oak barrels, weekly battonage and extended aging of 16 months on lees in 44% new French Oak has produced a wine with exceptional complexity.
In many ways, the 2014 vintage is one for the record books. The third consecutive drought year, Sonoma County received less than half of its average rainfall. The very dry winter and spring allowed for very early bud break, flowering and harvest. With ideal spring weather conditions, the vines were able to complete flowering quickly, and the resulting crop was much larger than average. We received just enough rain in the spring to charge the soil with water, and cool summer weather allowed the vines to thrive resulting in the earliest harvest on record.
This intense and concentrated single vineyard Chardonnay begins with vivid aromas of citrus blossom, pineapple and green papaya. Then the vibrancy of the wine’s aroma is matched by its opulent texture and layered flavors of apricot and white peach with a mineral laden finish. Indigenous yeast fermentation in French oak barrels and extended aging of 16 months on lees has produced a wine with exceptional complexity.
This spectacular vineyard sits along the Laguna Ridge at the edge of the Green Valley AVA. Meticulously farmed and planted at a very high density of 2420 vines per acre, the vineyard is planted to Dijon clone 548 and 95. Once a spectacular apple orchard, we pay homage to the Martinelli Family and the history of the site by naming the wine “La Pommeraie” – French for apple orchard.
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|Wine Style||White Wine|
|Appellation||Russian River Valley|
|Harvest Date||August 30 & September 3, 2014|
|Bottling Date||April 2016|