2017

Whitney’s Vineyard

Chardonnay

Sonoma County

2017 Whitney’s Vineyard

Produced from the first Chardonnay vines planted high on our Mountain Estate, this wine is named for Fred and Juelle's firstborn daughter, Whitney.

Production Details

  • Harvested August 26 and September 2
  • Whole cluster sorted, then pressed
  • Juice cold settled over 24 hours and moved to barrel by gravity
  • Fermented, then aged 19 months in French Oak barrels (50% new)
  • No sulfite additions at harvest or during aging
  • Lees stirred twice monthly for 15 months

ABV

14.3
%

Bottled

January 2019

Produced

105 Cases
Whitney's Vineyard

Whitney's Vineyard

First planted in 1973 to Old Wente clone Chardonnay, Whitney's Vineyard grows at 1,000 feet elevation on a gravelly, gently sloping, southwestern facing hillside. Owing to its mountain heritage and low-nutrient soils, this site produces tiny clusters of tightly packed ‘hens and chicks’ (berries of wide ranging size) yielding wines that boast brilliant minerality and classic Chardonnay character. This site was replanted in two phases with greater vine density, establishing new vines in 2013 and 2016, all grafted to original clonal material.

2017

Whitney’s Vineyard

Chardonnay

Sonoma County

Produced from the first Chardonnay vines planted high on our Mountain Estate, this wine is named for Fred and Juelle's firstborn daughter, Whitney.

Production Details

  • Harvested August 26 and September 2
  • Whole cluster sorted, then pressed
  • Juice cold settled over 24 hours and moved to barrel by gravity
  • Fermented, then aged 19 months in French Oak barrels (50% new)
  • No sulfite additions at harvest or during aging
  • Lees stirred twice monthly for 15 months

ABV

14.3
%

Bottled

January 2019

Produced

105 Cases
95
Points
Antonio Galloni
Vinous Media
Antonio Galloni
Vinous Media
The 2017 Chardonnay Whitney's Vineyard balances richness, power and vibrancy so beautifully. Orange peel, tangerine oil, mint, hazelnut and lemon confit infuse the Whitney's with tons of complexity and unctuous richness. The interplay of freshness and phenolic intensity is just captivating.
95
Points
Antonio Galloni
,
Vinous Media

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