93pts | Year’s Best U.S. Chardonnays Wine & Spirits
93pts | Tim Fish, Wine Spectator “Sleek and refined, with elegant apple, quince and river rock accents that build complexity and richness on a long, crisp finish.”
140 cases produced
The combination of soil and microclimate creates a wine that is intense and long. It can seem racy one moment and dense and rich the next, making it lively and multifaceted.
This special cuvée is named for Larry's mother Rachel and her sister Aida, who throughout their lives managed to stay together and sustain one another for nearly 90 years. This Chardonnay combines the finest lots of the vintage, from a single vineyard on 100% Jory and Nekia soils in the Eola-Amity Hills, from a property very close to our own Lingua Franca Estate. These shallow, very rocky soils pick up a mineral, savory quality despite the relative youth of the vines.
The grapes were picked to maximize freshness and tension in the finished wine. Whole-cluster pressed, settled in tank for 24 hours, barrel fermented in a combination of 45% new, 600 liter puncheons and 55% old French oak barriques from diverse coopers and left to age for 10 months. Only natural acidity and natural yeast feremented these grapes, which went through full malolactic fermentation in the vessels. The wines were put back in tank with their lees for 6 months prior to bottling in February.