2017 Wayfarer Chardonnay Fort Ross Seaview

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This pale yellow Chardonnay offers delightful floral aromas of honeysuckle, daphne, and orange blossom, with hints of pastry and Jordan almonds. The palate exhibits hints of citrus and stone fruit, orange marmalade, and touches of toasted almond and caramel. Crisp acidity balances the fruit of this complex, focused wine over a bright finish. Enjoy this wine in its youth or over the next 10 to 15 years while it continues to develop in the bottle.

Composition

100% Chardonnay

Vineyards

Critics

97 Points

Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com, August 1, 2019

“It’s a riveting Chardonnay that offers notes of caramelized citrus, honeysuckle, toasted brioche, and scorched earth. Rich, medium to full-bodied, with bright acidity, this beautiful, layered, elegant wine builds with time in the glass. Elegance and purity are the buzzwords, but it has depth and length.”

Winemaking

Winemaker:
Vinted by Bibiana González Rave, blended by Todd Kohn
Alcohol:
14.3%
Harvested:
September 6 to September 20, 2017
Bottled:
December 10, 2018
Released:
August 12, 2019

We handpicked the fruit from each vine and delivered the cool clusters to the winery before sunrise. After gentle pressing, the wine settled for 24 hours, followed by a carefully monitored racking to barrel. We transferred to 79% new French oak from cooperages including Damy, François Frères, and Remond. Native yeasts slowly guided alcoholic fermentation, with careful bâtonnage until malolactic fermentation completion. The wine was aged in barrel for 15 months, upon which it was bottled unfined and unfiltered.

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