2009 Pahlmeyer Chardonnay Sonoma Coast

 

“This focused Sonoma Coast Chardonnay reveals just ripe pineapple, lychee and bright lemony acidity with 
beautiful floral and mineral notes of honeysuckle, gardenia and wet stone.  The softly lilting finish carries on 
and on.” – Erin Green, Winemaker

"The artificial fruit notes of hard candy are complimented by the wine’s flintiness. Flavors of cinnamon, cucumber, molasses, unrelentingly approach and subside one after the other. Fresh fennel notes on the finish dissipate to reveal aromas of table water crackers and wet gravel." – Erin Green, Winemaker November 2011

“This focused Sonoma Coast Chardonnay reveals just-ripe pineapple, lychee and bright lemony acidity with beautiful floral and mineral notes of honeysuckle, gardenia and wet stone. The softly lilting finish carries on and on.” – Erin Green, Winemaker September 2011

Composition

100% Chardonnay

Vineyards

Critics

92 Points

James Laube, Wine Spectator, June 2011

Fresh, intense and vibrant, displaying a tight mix of full-bodied, citrus-laced green apple and pear flavors, with a touch of crème brûlée. Ends with a delicate mix of subtle flavors.

Winemaking

Winemaker:
Erin Green
Alcohol:
14.9%
Harvested:
September 19 to October 7, 2009
Bottled:
August 17, 2010
Released:
September 1, 2011

The grapes were hand-sorted and gently whole-cluster pressed. After overnight settling, the juice was racked to barrels for 100% native yeast fermentation followed by malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged in 90% new French oak for eleven months on the lees, which were stirred weekly. It was not fined or sterile filtered.

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