Chardonnay vines thrive on the cool, Sonoma Coast, benefitting from a long growing season and cooling fog. With three different selections of our Chardonnays, it's hard not to want to celebrate.
92 Points – Wine Advocate
The 2018 Chardonnay Estate has a restrained nose of baker's yeast, Bosc pears, hay and acacia with a nutty undercurrent. The medium-bodied palate is savory with opposing tanginess and a refreshing finish.
92 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Robust in oak with a light touch of acidity, this estate-grown white is coastal in character, with firm supple tannin and a lasting freshness. Brioche, pineapple and toasted hazelnut combine around a rich note of honey.
Fort Ross Vineyard was selected to produce a special Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to commemorate the 1812 – 2012 Bicentennial of the old Russian Settlement of Fort Ross on the Sonoma Coast. This was the site of the first grape plantings in all of Sonoma County and even foreshadowed the plantings in Napa County. The winery was given permission from the Kunstkamera of the St. Peter the Great Museum in St. Petersburg to use the painting of the old fort done in 1841 by the famous naturalist, Il'ya Vosnesenky. We only make Bicentennial Chardonnay in the best years.
95 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
As with all of these releases, the 2017 Chardonnay Mother Of Pearl comes all from the estate vineyard in the Fort Ross-Seaview AVA of the Sonoma Coast. Aged 15 months in 25% new French oak, it offers a Meursault-like bouquet of caramelized stone fruits, brioche, toasted almonds, and a touch of flinty minerality. Rich, medium to full-bodied, and concentrated on the palate, it's a stunning Chardonnay from winemaker Jeff Pisoni that does everything right.
93 Points - Wine Advocate
The 2017 Chardonnay Estate Mother of Pearl has pretty scents of white peaches and quince with layers of almond, spring honey and flowers. Medium to full-bodied, the palate offers savory fruits with tangy freshness and a long, nuanced finish.