Failla Chardonnay Russian River Valley Keefer Ranch 2007
We picked the ’07 in late September and whole-cluster pressed the fruit into French barrels, with a restrained use of new oak allowing its toasty elements to play an Oscar-worthy supporting role rather than take center stage. The result offers complex aromas of green apple and wet stones, a classic hallmark of Chablis, underscored by notes of hazelnut, crème brulee and brioche. Malolactic fermentation balances crisp mouth-watering acidity with plush viscosity for a rich lingering finish.
Floral, fresh nose. Green apple, lime and a hint of vanilla make for a crisp clean wine with some more comforting creamy notes. Good spice and a nice, long, toasty finish. 325 cases made.
Had it at WD-50 with a fantastic meal. The Failla was dry and minerally, which went well with the duck and artic char.