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Fort Ross Vineyard

2019

2019 "FRV" Chardonnay

Wine Specs
Vintage
2019
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Fort Ross-Seaview
Harvest Date
September 13–18, 2019
Aging
11 months in French oak; 30% new
Bottling Date
End of August, 2020
Wine Spectator
92
Add To Cart
$44.00
 
SKU: FOCH19

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.

92 Points - Wine Spectator
A refined and open-textured style, with spicy richness to the cream-filled white fruit flavors. Pastry accents midpalate lead to buttery notes on the fresh and engaging finish. Drink now through 2025.

92 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
Next up, the 2019 Chardonnay Fort Ross Vineyard showed beautifully, with a clean, crystalline, yet rich, medium-bodied style that delivers beautiful crushed citrus, lemon, white flower, green almond, and spice-driven aromas and flavors. With plenty of density on the palate, it stays remarkably well-balanced and has a great spine of acidity as well as a clean finish. Relatively tight and holding things close to its vest, it will benefit from a year or two of bottle age, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it still drinking brilliantly at age 10.

Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
This golden hued Chardonnay has just the slightest haze, evidence of subtle stirring of the lees and bottling without fining or filtration. Aromas of melons, apricots and lemon meringue are framed by a hint of hazelnut. The focused palate of full, succulent Chardonnay fruit flavors are enlivened by the vineyard's signature minerality. The graceful finish lingers with finesse and elegance. This finely-structured Chardonnay from an to evolve for many years.
Production Notes
Unfined & Unfiltered
Winemaker Notes
The grapes were handpicked during the cool hours of the night in small two-gallon picking trays then hand sorted in the vineyard and gently whole cluster pressed at the winery. After pressing, the juice was put into barrels and underwent primary and malolactic fermentation in a combination of 30% new and 70% neutral French oak.This discrete use of new oak allowed the fruit to shine.This wine is comprised of small berried old Hyde field selection chosen for its richness and sleek structure and low-yieldingWente for its luscious fruit and grace.These heritage field selections have full, complex flavors that are intensified by the small size of both the bunches and the berries.
Other Notes
670 cases produced

2019 "FRV" Chardonnay

Wine Specs
Vintage
2019
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Fort Ross-Seaview
Harvest Date
September 13–18, 2019
Aging
11 months in French oak; 30% new
Bottling Date
End of August, 2020
Wine Spectator
92
Add To Cart
$44.00
 
SKU: FOCH19