2014 Walker Hill Vineyard Chardonnay

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Tasting Notes

We just love our old vine chardonnays from Green Valley: they produce gorgeous fruit consistently no matter what Mother Nature gives them—like three drought years in a row. The 2014 vintage is as robust and lively as we could want from this site. The aromas draw you in with lemon oil, tangerine, mango, a touch of hazelnut and a whiff of gardenia. The mouth is the perfect balance of crisp acidity and creamy decadence that has you reaching for another sip. It’s like a key lime pie with a little bruleed meringue on top. The uber-citrus gives the mid-palate a beautiful lift, while the creamy toasty notes provide just the right softening to complement the zesty finish. As always, Dan usually drinks this all on its own, but we also love it with creamy seafood or fowl dishes that counterpoint the brightness of the wine.

Winemaker's Notes

This wine is such a pleasure to produce (other than the 6 months it takes to get through malolactic). After fermentation we had 40 barrels and 3 fermentation lots of Walker chard. For this special offering we chose nearly all the barrels from the indigenous fermentation lot (complex and a bit wild), along with a bit from our M2 lot (tremendously precise and lively). These were blended in May of 2014, with their primary lees, and sent back to barrel until bottling in January of 2016. For this wine we love the spiciness the Hermitage barrels showcase in the wine, then round out the mix with Taransaud for solidity, Seguin Moreau for its ginger notes, and Fouquet for a touch of crème caramel; but more than anything we love that no matter what the winemakers do, it’s the fruit of Walker that is the star.

2014 Walker Hill Vineyard Chardonnay

Technical Data

Alcohol: 14.1%
TA: 6.4 gm/Lit.
pH: 3.38
Winemaking: 100% barrel fermentation, 100% malolactic fermentation, stirred lees
Barrel Aging: 15 months in French oak (50% new barrels)