La Follette "Los Primeros" Chardonnay 2017


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73% Monterey Country — two vineyards in the “sweet spot” of the region’s northern stretch contribute to this blend. The flavors and acidity showcase the microclimates in this area.
27% Sonoma County — one vineyard in the southern part of Sonoma; the site is near the San Francisco Bay and experiences moderately warm days with cool nights. Sonoma Creek Vineyard, harvest date September 9th— planted in 1977, where old vines continue to thrive at the hand of Suzanne Larson.

The final blend is comprised of 50% tank fermented lots, all of McIntyre and half of Escolle, to preserve the energy and freshness of the wine. The barrel-fermented portion, Sonoma Creek and Escolle lots, were vinified in neutral oak. All fermentations were conducted using native yeasts. Partial malolactic fermentation.

A beguiling bouquet of white flower, wet stone and honeydew expands with aeration as a note of fresh peach emerges. Subtle hints of thyme and lemon verbena play against the fruit, as refreshing minerality comes to the fore in the late-palate. The opposing sensations of the textured barrel lots and the structure of the tank portions create an exciting tension in this balanced and dynamic Chardonnay.