2012 Chardonnay “Old Rome” Vineyard

Alcohol
13.8%
Total acidity
6.6 g/l
pH
3.6
rs
<.05 g/l
Serving temp.
50+°
Best from
2015
Best until
2020
Pairings
Cream sauces, meaty fish, clove-laced pork loin, mature cheeses,over-easy eggs

Grapes

Our fruit for this Chardonnay came from the Green Valley appellation in Russian River.  Just outside of Sebastopol, near the coast, this is a very cool region for Chard.  Typically late ripening, with bracing acidity and bright citrus flavors, this vineyard used to be covered in apple trees.  Our clone selection led us to the Spring Mountain, which gave us a floral, perfumed note, along with the clone 7, which contributes the pineapple, lemon zest notes.

Vintage

As difficult as the two previous vintages were, 2012 was just the opposite.  A perfect beginning, followed by more of the same in middle and end was just the wonderful lineup a winemaker desires.  Lots of beautiful sunshine, but in check, not too hot. cool, foggy mornings, and great diurnal shifts left our acids bracing and flavors fully developed.
One of the biggest crops in recent history with  very healthy, well-balanced fruit made winemaking and absolute pleasure.  This fruit hung until mid October.

Vinification

Whole cluster pressing, the juice went cold into 100% new French and Russian oak barrels. Fermentations were carried out in barrel at 57 degrees. After fermentations were complete, all wines underwent secondary fermentation for ML.  Stirring of the lees weekly and then monthly until finished.  At this point the wine was left to settle and we didn’t disturb it again.  It spent the next year on those lees, giving it its rich, complex, textured feel.  The first racking of this chard was two weeks before bottling.  Bottled unfiltered and unfined, sediment will develop in the bottle and is natural and desirable.

Tasting Notes

Bottled on Jan 25, 2014, this wine is still very young.  it needs time to come together. The flavors will develop a seamless structure the deeper tones will start to emerge.

A rich, textural white should be served at warmer than refrigerator temperatures.  50+ degrees is recommended to showcase all of its complexity. 

Lemon curd and honeysuckle are primary aromas, followed quickly by mackintosh apple and pear.  But linger just another moment to get the exotic flavors of Clove, lychee, hazelnut and jasmine.  Rich spice and butter brought into the mix by the new oak give us a long, textural follow thru. 

This wine would be great with rich, cream based dishes- steaky white fish- anything finished with butter.  Hard aged cheese or my personal favorite- a good book, a summer sunset, and my two favorite girls, Lucy and Roxy.  Drink 2015- 2020.