2021 Mother of Pearl Chardonnay
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.
93 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
Pouring a bright golden hue, the 2021 Chardonnay Mother of Pearl Fort Ross Vineyard takes on more intensity in its notes of toasted brioche, orange peel, and yellow apple. Full-bodied, with good energy throughout, it has more linear drive while also delivering notes of ripe tangerine, fresh pineapple, and a snappy lift of saline on the finish. Drink it over the next 4-5 years. July 2023