2021 Alder Springs Vineyard Chardonnay, Mendocino County
CA - Mendocino County
$43.00 / 750 mL Bottle
Cellart Tracker 91.0
We sourced the Chardonnay for the vintage 2021 from the Alder Springs Vineyard, farmed by Stuart Bewley in Laytonville in Mendocino County. The vineyard sits at a high altitude of between 1700 and 2400 feet, 150 miles from San Francisco, and 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean, with 40 + grape variety planting of 140 areas in a 6,000-acre ranch.
Grapes were picked from the East Face Block on September 1st after a big summer heatwave pushed grapes to ripen quickly. It was pressed gently in whole clusters and barrel fermented and aged in neutral barrels with indigenous yeast. The malolactic fermentation was arrested midway to retain its delicate acidity.
Barrel fermented and aged in French oak barrels for 10 months with the sur lie method with a partial malolactic fermentation.
This blend of French clones 76 and 95 Chardonnay exhibits characteristics of grapes grown in a cool climate, layered with white flowers, tangerine zest, and anjou pear aromas, with toasted marshmallow, a touch of fine granite in taste, and granny smith apple and fresh lime acidity lingering in the mouth.
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