Aromas of white lily, honeycomb and Gravenstein apple leap from the glass. The entry is marked by focused citrus acidity that folds into lemon curd and a softer note of sweet cream. Buoyant fruitiness plays against Chanterelle mushroom; the wine is both fresh and rich at once with a hint of spiciness on the late palate. Beeswax and baked apple emerge on the soft, lingering finish. A truly sumptuous Chardonnay.
Manchester Ridge Vineyard is perched at 2000 ft. elevation overlooking the Manchester plain with a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. Winters are moderated by the maritime climate and bud-break is early (February to early March). Shoot growth is slow through the relatively cool summer, which allows the fruit a long hang time for flavor development and ripeness. The vineyard is trellised on a modified double Guyot system to maximize solar penetration and rooted in well-draining decomposed sandstone. We pick three clones of Chardonnay from this exceptional site: Dijon 76, Old Wente and the new Dijon clone 809.Sku: 7995