2017 Mauritson Chardonnay
100% Estate, "Dobbins Vineyard"
9 months barrel fermented and aged in oak barrels 100% French 10% New
This single vineyard Chardonnay comes from our home ranch in Alexander Valley where we hand-harvested the fruit from just 10 rows atop a tiny plateau. As in Burgundy, here, the smallest variations in terrain even within close proximity can result in the difference between a Grand cru versus Premier cru. Our Grand cru plateau site consistently delivers on balance, precision and complexity. This Chardonnay opens with a beautiful bouquet of early morning white flower, shaved toasted almond and fresh stone fruit notes. Flavors include delicate wild summer pear, brioche and crushed wet river rock. Wonderful mid-palate creaminess comes from five months of intermittent batonnage. The finish has great freshness and length and the wine will drink gracefully over the next 3-7 years.
Our 2017 Alexander Valley Chardonnay showcases the beautiful ripe fruit of California Chardonnay minus the oak, with the elegance and complexity of its Burgundian ancestor. The wine is 100% barrel-fermented with only 10% new French oak aged on 100% gross lees.