A unique combination of barrel fermentation followed by extended “sur lie” aging in concrete vats. Balance and restraint in a varietal not always associated with these traits. The diminutive crop of 2015 Chardonnay from the Truchard vineyard begged us to reach out to a nearby vineyard on Stanly Lane for a few extra pounds of fruit to fill the vats. Delightfully, the result seems to applaud their decision as the two vineyards appear to be getting along famously. Fans of the recent vintages of Frog’s Leap Chardonnay will not be disappointed with this effort: precise, crisp flavors, a mouthfeel without weight all with intriguing aromas of toasted hazelnuts, cream, and white peaches. This wine is simply delicious and so unlike typical “fruity, sweet, oaky” California Chardonnays. A wine perfectly suited for any dish for which you would otherwise consider a lovely Chablis or a delightful white from Macon.
This is a superb wine from an extraordinary vintage. Beautifully reductive, aromas of white peach and hazelnut are slowly revealed with a few swirls of the glass. Carefully balanced on the acidic side, the 2016 Chardonnay has weight without heaviness, elegance without formality and drinkability without seeming to care. It is a food wine. Adept with a platter of oysters but more than willing to take on the richest, creamiest sauce. It should develop for many years to come.