2014 Chardonnay, Pastorale Vineyard
Price $75.00, $60.00 (Phelps Preferred)
Blend and Grape Sources 100% estate-grown Chardonnay from our Pastorale Vineyard.
Appellation Sonoma Coast
Harvest Dates September 9 - 21, 2014
Aging/Cooperage Thirteen months in 74% new French oak puncheons and 26% new French oak barrels.
The grapes that went into this limited production Chardonnay came from two blocks planted at the Freestone estate. The first is planted to a mixture of heritage clone Maro, clone 76, Old Calera and New Calera. The second is a mix of heritage clone Montra and Old Wente. Grapes were whole cluster pressed and fermented slowly over several months,
followed by malolactic fermentation. Barrels were stirred as necessary, resulting in an intensely focused wine.
Winemaker Notes Opulent aromatics of white flower, citrus peel, toasted brioche and stone fruit highlight this latest vintage of Chardonnay from our Pastorale Vineyard. With a lush, round mouth feel, creamy texture and bright acidity, this wine showcases ripe apricot, lemon custard and crushed rock mineral notes throughout the palate to the lingering spice and citrus finish.
The 2014 Sonoma Coast growing season began with dry, mild winter conditions until much needed rain arrived in February and March. Bud break and bloom were again early, as in 2012 and 2013. Consistent temperatures during the summer growing months created ideal ripening conditions for an early harvest. Grapes achieved phenomenal fruit character early and their maturation occurred at a steady, even pace for overall consistency. This created intense and concentrated flavors at
93 Points - Antonio Galloni, Vinous
Candied lemon, white flowers, spices, mint and white pepper are some of the notes that emerge from the 2014 Chardonnay Pastorale Vineyard. (2015)
93 Points - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
The 2014 Chardonnay Pastorale Vineyard... is a slightly richer but still elegant wine, with gravelly minerality, some honeysuckle, tangerine oil and citrus blossom. It is medium to full-bodied, fresh, lively and should drink well for 7-8 years. (2016)