Spring Release Wester Reach Chardonnay
The 2017 Wester Reach Chardonnay combines three singular traits: coastal freshness and vibrancy; Russian River Valley natural richness, density and texture; and subtle elements of Burgundian savory/saline reduction. In essence, a blend of three of our single vineyard Chardonnays, it is a wine that drinks at an equivalent quality level to our lower production wines.
From the lowest-yielding vintage in twenty years, there’s inherent concentration here, a depth of flavor coming from the vines themselves rather than winemaking artifice. But there’s also a firmness and seriousness that offsets this mid-palate weight and extends its citrus-oil-infused finish.
The wine has great lines: focused, driven, mineral-laden and pithy, with a level of cool-climate fruit intensity that is very rare. This level of quality and distinctive character is hard to achieve in a larger-production blended wine, but is a testament to our pedigreed vineyards, precise farming, twenty years’ experience, and patient, sensitive craftsmanship.
Drink between 2019 and 2027.
Harvested by hand between September 1st and 20th.
Russian River Valley
Old Wente Selection, Hyde Wente Selection & Clone 4
Age of Vines at Harvest
Barrel fermented and aged 12 months in 30% light/medium toast new French oak followed by three months settling in tank. Complete malolactic fermentation. Sealed with Diam-10 corks for purity and freshness.
3,541 cases of 750mL