2013 La Pitchoune Chardonnay
This is a special California Chardonnay. Barrel fermented in 100% neutral French oak, it is decadent while being fresh and light of weight; reminiscent of the perfect keylime pie. Aromas of citrus intermingled with flinty, smoky custard fill the glass. Similar flavors dance across the palate with the grace and precision of a Russian ballerina.
The mineral driven finish enlivens the palate and solicits another sip. Drink now or over the next 5 years.
“This is a gorgeous, rich, medium to full-bodied 2013 Chardonnay with stunning purity, nice orange blossom, tangerine oil, a spring floral note, terriffic concentration and a long finish. This is an impressive Burgundian-style Chardonnay (think Bâtard-Montrachet) that should drink well for 4-6 years". 94 points
- Robert Parker.
"Medium gold color. Wonderful aromas of crusty sea salt, jetty rocks, bright lemons and green apples, sliced pears and almond. Full-bodied on the palate, a bold, waxy presence but the acid is so precise that the wine pulls off balance. Pears, baked apples, dried apricots, I get an interesting mix of hazelnut and honeyed tea with brisker elements of chalk and sea salt. Complex and intriguing but so easy to sip and enjoy. Some near-term aging potential here. Aged 18 months in used French oak barrels." 90 points
- Isaac James Baker
Vineyard Source: Pratt, Dutton Sullivan, Chenoweth
Clone: Selections of Wente, Wente-Hyde,
Robert Young and Mt. Eden
Multiple Dates: Between 8-31 and 9-11, 2013
Harvest Brix: 23.2°Brix, 24.2 °Brix and 23.8 °Brix
Barrel Aged: 17 months
Barrel Breakdown: 100% French Oak, 100% at least twice
Bottling Date: February 12, 2015
Production: 176 cases
This wine sold out in the fall of 2016.
A photo of the chardonnay from the 2013 harvest: