2014 Pahlmeyer "Savoir Faire" Chardonnay

This bold and rich chardonnay has a nose that screams honeysuckle with acacia flower; mingling with white peach, melon, caramel, vanilla and almond fragrances. The palate starts soft with an extraordinary texture of lemon meringue pie and toasted oak. This wine has a great finish that lasts for nearly a full minute. 

Composition

100% Chardonnay

Vineyards

Critics

95 Points

Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate, December 30, 2016

The 2014 Chardonnay Savoir Faire offers a more buttery, deeper, richer, more full-bodied and creamy style. It has loads of almost lychee nut, white peach, honeysuckle, brioche and a hint of hazelnut. This is a seriously endowed, gorgeous wine that may well be one of the best 2014 Chardonnays I have tasted. It can be drunk over the next 6-8 years.

Winemaking

Winemaker:
Kale Anderson
Alcohol:
15%
Harvested:
August 30 to September 26, 2014
Bottled:
April 4, 2016
Released:
October 2, 2017

We harvested grapes for this wine in the cool of the night from a late-ripening, low-yielding vineyard block. At the winery, we hand-sorted and gently pressed the berries as whole clusters, then racked the free-run juice into new French oak barrels for primary and malolactic fermentation with wild yeast. Twenty months of aging in 100% new French oak fully integrated the characters of this massive Chardonnay.

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