The Winside Vineyard was planted to all Pinot Noir in 1997 and 2008, but over the years we couldn’t help but think that
chardonnay might also thrive on this site. After a certain clone continued to fall short of our expectations over several years,
we decided in 2015 to take the opportunity to t-bud some different clones onto the already existing root system to learn what
might perform better on this site. In addition, we took a small section and budded over to chardonnay, finally giving us the
chance to make a Russian River chardonnay. The 2017 marks the second release of this wine, and every indication is that the
site is very well suited to chardonnay.
The Winside Estate Vineyard was planted to all Pinot Noir in 1997 and 2008, but over the years we couldn’t help but think that Chardonnay might also thrive on this site. In 2015, we elected to t-bud some different Pinot clones onto the already existing root system of a block of Pinot Noir to learn what might perform best on this site. In addition, we took a small section and budded over to Chardonnay. In just it’s third vintage, it is already clear that this is an exceptional Russian River Chardonnay site.
Medium straw to gold in color, the 2019 Russian River Valley Chardonnay shows exotic aromas of starfruit, lemongrass and tangerine, along with hints of pear and apple. Clean and juicy on the palate, with apricot, apple, kumquat and five spice flavors that linger on for an intense, mouth-coating finish. Recommended drinking window is 2022-2030.
100% Old Wente clone Chardonnay from the Winside Estate Vineyard
September 11, 2019
January 27, 2021
100% French oak, 47% new
95 points hos James Suckling