2015 Longfellow Chardonnay, Russian River Valley
2015 Longfellow Chardonnay – Napa Valley
We continue to work with two unique blocks of Chardonnay from the acclaimed Haynes Vineyard in Coombsville just east of the town of Napa. Planted in 1966 by Duncan and Pat Haynes, the vineyard has been growing Chardonnay for over 40 years and only a few select wineries have had access to the Haynes fruit. We harvested Chardonnay from two unique vineyard blocks – the Old Wente clone in a cooler pocket of the original vineyard planting and the Clone 4 block in a slightly sunnier and warmer section of the vineyard. The Wente clone provides polish and perfume while the Clone 4 adds great structure and acidity that is enigmatic of our Chardonnay style. The combination of these two blocks is what ultimately attracted us to this vineyard site.
The 2015 growing season provided consistent weather and great growing conditions. That said, yields were down about 20% likely due to the long term effects of the 3-year drought. Only our second year with the Haynes Vineyard, our goal with our Chardonnay program is to let the beauty and purity of the fruit shine. To that end, we continue to utilize a limited amount (25%) of new French Oak in aging the wine for almost 11 months. While limited in the amount of new oak, the wine was fermented in the barrel in order to add depth and richness. This wine is inspired by the great white Burgundies of France – aromatic, dense, and complex with the requisite minerality and acidity.
“Vibrant and racy aromas of pineapple and other tropical fruits laced with citrus peel and a hint of wet stone. A beautiful and rich mouthfeel with notes of orange blossom and nectarine all framed by lip smacking acidity. A Chardonnay to enjoy now but worthy of several years in the cellar.”
Winemaker: Rolando Herrera
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Cooperage: 11 months in 25% new French Oak
Winemaking: Unfined & Unfiltered
Harvest Date: September 2015
Bottling Date: August 2016
Cases Produced: 380