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Fort Ross Vineyard

2018 Late Harvest Chardonnay

2018 Late Harvest Chardonnay

Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Fort Ross-Seaview
Aging
14 months in Neutral French Oak
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$49.00
 
SKU: FOCHLH18

From our mountain vineyard that overlooks the Sonoma Coast in the Fort Ross-Seaview American Viticultural Area, Fort Ross Vineyard & Winery produces limited quantities of single vineyard, Estate grown, cool-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinotage. With spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean less than one mile away, the vineyard is divided into 32 separate blocks, one-half to two acres in size, that range in elevation from 1700 down to 1200 feet above sea level. Owners, Lester and Linda Schwartz with their small crew began preparing the 52-acre vineyard in 1994. It took them 4 years of preparation before they could begin planting. The year 2000 marked the first vintage from the Fort Ross Vineyard.

Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
The winter was wet and cool with a brief and unusual warm spell in February that woke up some of the dormant buds. The traditional cold weather resumed but then was interrupted by chilling frost and even snow! There was frost damage to several of our Chardonnay blocks and a some to a few Pinot Noir. This caused crop reduction but did not effect the exceptional quality of the vintage. Spring and summer were notably cool and was in fact one of the coldest summers we’ve seen in several years. The grapes enjoyed a long hang time on the vine and achieved ideal phenolic and aromatic development. Given there were no heat spikes, we were able to harvest slowly with great care and had the luxury to dial in the perfect time to pick. The vine development was so thorough that we incorporated some whole cluster fermentation that adds yet another layer of complexity to our Pinot Noirs. Pinot Noir was unhurriedly harvested between September 10–28, Chardonnay was picked September 26–27 and the slower ripening Pinotage on September 29th, and the Late Harvest Chardonnay was left on the vine for an additional three weeks.
Production Notes
CLONE: 100% Hyde Field Selection
Production
39 CASES of 375 ml bottles were produced. Less than 1 barrel.

2018 Late Harvest Chardonnay

Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Fort Ross-Seaview
Aging
14 months in Neutral French Oak
Add To Cart
$49.00
 
SKU: FOCHLH18