La Follette Chardonnay Mendocino Ridge Manchester Ridge Vineyard 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

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.

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Color: White
Varietal: Chardonnay
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La Follette Wines:
La Follette is a small Sonoma County winery focused on crafting small-lot Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays from some of the finest vineyards in the Sonoma Coast, Sonoma Mountain and Mendocino Ridge appellations. Launched in 2010, La Follette is a new winery from esteemed California winemaker Greg La Follette in partnership with owners Pete and Terri Kight. Uniquely gifted as both a winemaker and... Read more
La Follette is a small Sonoma County winery focused on crafting small-lot Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays from some of the finest vineyards in the Sonoma Coast, Sonoma Mountain and Mendocino Ridge appellations. Launched in 2010, La Follette is a new winery from esteemed California winemaker Greg La Follette in partnership with owners Pete and Terri Kight. Uniquely gifted as both a winemaker and viticulturist, Greg La Follette is one of the country’s leading authorities on Pinot Noir. Frequently espousing age-old Burgundian practices not commonly used in this country, Greg has built his career crafting rich and elegant wines that speak of a distinct sense of place. Greg studied at UC Davis, gained valuable training at Beaulieu Vineyard as a research viticulturalist/enologist under wine master André Tchelistcheff, consulted at Kendall-Jackson where he provided guidance on the improvements in vine and wine quality and launched Flower’s successful Pinot Noir program as winemaker and general manager. Today, turning his focus to La Follette, Greg is able to practice his unique style of “on the edge” winemaking – taking risks he believes are necessary to make truly extraordinary wine. Read less

Tasting Notes:

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.

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.

272 cases produced.

Aged in French Oak.

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.5%

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