Origin: United States
- Russian River Valley
Every year that we have the opportunity to work with this old vine Chardonnay located on Eastside Rd in the heart of the Russian River Valley is a blessing. The old vine block was planted in 1972 and walking down the wide rows each vine has evolved into its own unique, gnarled shape. The cordon arms on each plant are robust and they hang clusters of fruit that are equally nuanced and character-driven.
The 2013 Shibumi Knoll Chardonnay has a deep halcyon hue in the glass. You can smell the aromatic notes of lanolin, honey, jasmine and citrus oil even when the glass is at an arm’s length away. As you taste the wine the palate resonates with notes of dried mango, Chinese medicinal herbs, honeysuckle, and lychee. One element of this wine that is readily apparent is how even-keeled and synthesized the fruit and acid components relate to each other as you experience the wine from the front to the back of the palate. The mouth feel is voluminous and expansive with a sleek, viscous trajectory. The finish plays out with a clean, bright sensation.
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