La Follette Chardonnay Russian River Valley Lorenzo Vineyard 2008
The bouquet is an olfactory feast of ginger, clove, creme brulee, yellow nectarine and toasted coconut with a drizzle or caramel. The entry, marked by lively acidity, leads to a silky palate of smooth tannins and tremendous depth of flavor. While this bottling has a stronger malolactic signature than our other two Chardonnays, it also benefits from a tension between the fruit, richness, and acid. This wine finishes long with a firm minerality and continues to develop complexity with aeration.
2008: Beautiful rich, sweet and oaky nose. Very concentrated. Smooth with medium acidity. Lots of spice. Vanilla dominates. Gooseberry, peaches, papaya and guava flavors as well. Nice.
External Reviews for La Follette Chardonnay Russian River Valley Lorenzo Vineyard
"Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. We have tasted this wine three times and finally think we have a handle on it. This is not an ordinary Chardonnay. Its first aromas are wholly off-putting to the point that they smell of skunk and animal compounds at the zoo. But surprisingly
Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine (www.cgcw.com) in the October 2010 issue. We have tasted this wine three times and finally think we have a handle on it. This is not an ordinary Chardonnay. Its first aromas are wholly off-putting to the point that they smell of skunk and animal compounds at the zoo. But surprisingly, this feral quality is exactly what the winemaker claims he is trying to capture, and no doubt he has. The story does not end there, however, because the underlying fruit, oak and balance here all add up to very grand wine if left on their own. Veal piccata or a blackened salmon filet would work well here now and over the next several years.Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine aging recommendation: Drinkable now. Further bottle aging can improve this wine.
Food Pairings for La Follette Chardonnay Russian River Valley Lorenzo Vineyard
This wine shows delicate floral aromas juxtaposed with more sauvage, visceral components. Pungent white freesia, vanilla bean, Asian pear and a touch of anise spice and musk aromatics, with a smooth entry and a rich, textured mouthfeel. With time in the glass, notes of caramel, fried plantain, narcissus and the pleasing fruitiness of the Old Wente clone emerge, though the acids persist long into the finish.
100 cases produced.
Notes: Native yeast in French oak barrels
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