Facts of Note
Wente, Calera, 95, 548, Robert Young, Montrachet, Batto
Vineyards showcase the cooler parts of the appellation
The marine influence that follows the Russian River inland from the Pacific coast is a powerful attribute of this region. The fog helps keep nights cool and offers vines a break from daytime temperatures. The famous Chardonnay vineyards that we work with for this wine are from the coolest parts of the Russian River Valley. Here, fruit is allowed to mature a little more gracefully on the vine, which we find offers us more intensely focused flavors and generous natural acidity. Our direction for this vintage was driven by a desire to explore the diversity of soils that these vineyards possess. The minerality of certain lots shone brightly we worked to preserve those qualities in the finished wine. Every grape hits Hwy 116 to get here.
Nose: Granny Smith apple, tangerine, orange blossom and honeysuckle flint, dried kiwi
Mouth: Tarte tatin, grippy tannin, minerality, kiss of oak, beeswax texture, dried tropical fruits