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2015 The Barrel Climber Chardonnay

2015 The Barrel Climber

Chardonnay

SONOMA COASTsonoma county


ALLOCATION LIST: $49.50
RETAIL: $55.00


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Tasting Notes

Fans of our 2014 The Barrel Climber Chardonnay, please take note! You will be absolutely delighted with this year’s rendition. Once again we married a few select barrels of Hyde clone from Green Acres destined for our 1 KM West blend with a bit of our precious Green Acres Hill Old Wente block. A different new oak regimen provides underlying support to this year’s cuvee – a surprise even to us – as our barrel and blending trials took us down a new road. But just like our 2014, this Chardonnay will easily cellar for 5-6 years or more and be an absolute stunner when it enters its prime drinking window. 

We upped the ante with 100% native fermentation, a month-long program of daily lees stirring, and a variety of different barrel influences. Combined with 2015’s tiny berries and intensely concentrated fruit (typical of the vintage) what emerged is a bold and broadly textured wine with lovely acidity and all the stuffing to provide years’ worth of drinking decadence. Another micro-cuvee with only 81 cases produced, we hope you’ll get to experience this wine’s journey with us over the years to come.

DRINKING WINDOWS

Prime drinking: mid-2018 through 2022
Graceful ageability: 2023 through 2024

VINEYARDS

71% Green Acres Hyde Block, 29% Green Acres Hill Block

CLONES

71% Hyde, 29% Old Wente

STATS

pH: 3.38  |  TA: 7.5 g/L  |  Alcohol: 14.4%
Bottling: December 8, 2016  |  Release: Fall 2017
Cases Produced: 81

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