2009 Fogdog Chardonnay
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100% Sonoma Coast Chardonnay sourced from the Pastorale estate vineyard (42%), Dutton Ranch Mill Station (33%) and Bacigalupi (25%).
Chardonnay grapes were hand picked at daybreak to preserve sugar and acidity levels in the fruit, then whole cluster pressed directly to barrel for a slow, natural fermentation over 3 to 12 months without the addition of yeast. This allowed for development of the golden hue and the rich, nutty flavors and minerality that are typical of Freestone’s cool climate.
The 2009 Fogdog Chardonnay boasts an abundance of flintiness and aromas of apple, pear, almonds, citrus and stone fruits. This wine is full-bodied, yet elegant and restrained, with a core of acidity and minerality that is balanced by warm flavors of pear tart and almond crisp along with notes of lemon and tangerine zest. Subtle oak influences of toasted nuts and vanilla round out the experience while balancing the fruit.
The season started with good rains lasting into the beginning of May. Budbreak was normal in mid-March and temperatures were moderate to cold throughout spring. Vines did not endure frost damage in 2009 and bloom took place between May 23 - June 8. Temperatures through August were quite normal, with cool nights and foggy days, helping the vines to mature and develop flavor slowly and evenly. Chardonnay veraison took place in mid to late August and once the warmer temperatures of September arrived, ripening kicked into high gear. At picking, the Chardonnay grapes possessed great acidity and concentration, with harvest finishing well before mid-October rains.
The 2009 growing season was slow and cool, producing wines with impeccable balance. This was a great year for natural winemaking and minimal intervention. The finished wines are some of the most balanced to date from these vineyards.