2009 Ovation Chardonnay
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100% Sonoma Coast Chardonnay from Bacigalupi (35%), Freestone estate vineyards (34%) and Dutton Ranch Mill Station (31%).
The Ovation was aged on its primary lees and stirred periodically for 14 months, giving it the medium-gold color and a complexity of flavors that come from a long, slow, native fermentation. The grapes were picked slightly riper than those intended for the estate wines in order to achieve the traditional succulence and vivacity that are characteristic of this wine.
The aromas are rich and vibrant, hinting at caramelized nuts, lemon curd and sweet, tangy apricots. This wine is sappy and lush, yet crisp, with flavors of tangerine blossom, citrus oil and baked figs. The mineral quality from the Freestone and Dutton fruit yields an oily, persistent, laser-like finish while the Bacigalupi grapes contribute the perceived honeyed sweetness. Together these sources make a wine that is simultaneously dense, fresh and lively, with an energy that will keep it alive for many years.
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 and June 8. Temperatures through August were quite normal, with cool nights and foggy days, helping the vines to mature and develop 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 growing season was slow and cool, producing wines with impeccable balance, typical of our estate Chardonnays and Freestone’s cool climate. The finished wines are some of the most balanced to date from these vineyards.