Russian River Valley
Bob’s Ranch: Montrachet selection
24.3 degree brix
Sixteen months in 60 gallon French oak barrels: 50% new; 50% from Tonnellerie Sirugue and 50% from Francois Freres
February 2, 2017
2015 Chasseur Sanctuary Chardonnay
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Well powered and complex, the nose of this intensely fruity wine offers scents of citron, white peach, green apple and a bit of pineapple, tied to firm, slightly toasty, vanilla butter cream notes. The texture proves as youthfully firm as it is rich, and the lingering impression is of deep, focused fruit and lip-smacking, lemony zest with waves of smile-inducing crème brûlée. It never betrays any alcoholic heat; this is truly a graceful and a clearly Grand Opera-style Chardonnay.
This historically low yielding vintage created wines of unparalleled weight. The fourth in a series of drought years in the west affected vine vigor and was responsible for small crop levels never before seen. Warm dry weather was ideal for growing wine which brought in fruit with small bunches and shot berries. An early harvest usually means little fruit hang time which can beg the question of lack of flavor but the wines from this vintage are as flavorful as they are dense.