This Chardonnay ripens two weeks later than our Russian River Chardonnays, with a lower pH, and the crisp acidity and minerality from this cool site are quite apparent in the wine. This is our coolest Chardonnay vineyard, resulting in a wine that's more angular, more soil and mineral driven than fruit driven. This is our second bottling of this new vineyard designation, Platt was planted in 2003 with first crop in 2006; the young-vine production had been going into our Sonoma Coast appellation bottling. By 2009, at seven years of age, the vines were old enough to make a wine of sufficient density and concentration to merit singling out.
Tight and slow to unfold, this reveals a focused core of fruit and spice, pushed along by intense flavors of green apple, ripe pineapple and citrus, ending with a wet stone vibrancy. Drink now through 2020. 750 cases made.
The 2010 Chardonnay Platt Vineyard stands out in this range. A big, broad-shouldered wine, the Platt is actually reminiscent of a red wine in its structure. Lemon, oyster shells, salt and all sorts of citrus notes are woven throughout in this intense, saline finish. Think of the Platt as a California version of Corton-Charlemagne. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2020.
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