2020 Chardonnay, Alexander Valley
100% Estate, "Dobbins Vineyard"
11 months barrel fermented and aged in oak barrels 100% French, 10% New
On the nose, enticing aromas of summer yellow plum, crushed almond, brioche flakes and wet stone give way to high-toned notes of honeysuckle blossom. On the palate, this wine expresses purity and tension. The entry is very fresh and inviting and highlights the wonderful creaminess that comes from nine months of intermittent bâtonnage. Beautiful minerality frames crisp green apple with alluring hints of citrus skin and dried chamomile petal. This Chardonnay will drink gracefully over the next 5-8 years.
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. Here, as in Burgundy, the smallest variations in terrain can result in the difference between a Grand cru versus Premier cru. Our Grand cru plateau site consistently delivers on balance, precision and complexity.
Our 2020 Alexander Valley Chardonnay showcases the beautiful ripe fruit of California Chardonnay 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.