La Follette Chardonnay Mendocino Ridge Manchester Ridge Vineyard 2008
We craft the lots to provide individual contributions to the final blend, so the clones are vinified separately. Clone 76 gives bright, crisp acidity and the Old Wente provides pleasing fruitiness and weight to the palate. The Dijon 809 is the signature of the wine, though we only harvested a small amount of this exotic musque clone. Unlike any of our other Chardonnay picks, it is de-stemmed, crushed and the skins held in contact with the juice for a number of hours to increase the aromatics. We inoculate this lot with a yeast strain selected for its ability to heighten the perfume of the 809 clone. These barrels continue to reveal intense floral and tropical fruit aromas throughout maturation.
Food Pairings for La Follette Chardonnay Mendocino Ridge Manchester Ridge Vineyard
Effusive aromas of gardenia, honeydew, white peach and lemon balm on the nose. Displaying pineapple, papaya and guava with time in the glass. A prick of acidity on the entry leads to green apple freshness on the palate, and a touch of creaminess on the latepalate balances this multi-layered wine. This is surely a Chardonnay for the skeptics.
272 cases produced.
Aged in French Oak.
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