2002 CHARDONNAY RESERVE, Fort Ross Vineyard, Sonoma Coast - SOLD OUT
This is not a typical California Chardonnay, but is more in the style of a Burgundian grand cru. A generous nose introduces the concentrated flavors of green apples, ripe pears and underlying spice. The lush fruit is balanced by crisp acidity and the minerality characteristic of the vineyard. The initial roundness continues seamlessly through the exceptionally long finish. This sleek and well-structured Burgundian style wine will continue to evolve.
2002 Chardonnay Reserve Tech Sheet
12 months in new, 4 months used
This is not a typical California Chardonnay, but is more in the style of a Burgundian Grand Cru. A generous nose introduces the concentrated flavors or green apples, ripe pears and uunderlying spice. The lush fruit is balanced by crisp acidity and the minerality characteristic of the vineyard. The initial roundness continues seamlessly through the exceptionally long finish. This sleek and well-structured Burgundian-style wine will continue to evolve for many years.
The grapes for this Chardonnay were handpicked in the cool early morning hours in small five-gallon buckets. Once at the winery, the fruit was hand sorted and then whole clustere pressed. After pressing, the wine underwent barrel and malolactic fermentation in a combination of new and used French oak. Once the final blend was determined, the wine was racked and bottled without fining or filtration to maintain the natural flavor, texture and youthfulness of the wine. The final blend of this Reserve Chardonnay was selected from individual barrels chosen for their fruit concentration, complexity and balance. This wine is comprised of 75% small-berried Old Hyde field selection for its richness and sleek structure and 25% Old Wente, which is fruit and graceful.
Many have hailed 2002 as the finest vintage ever for California Pinot Noir. It also turned out to be an excellent year for Sonoma Coast Chardonnay. Overall, the growing season was mild, with a few temperature spikes in May and June. July, August and September were typical for the region - moderately warm days with a gentle dip in the temperature at night.