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2020 The Barrel Climber Chardonnay

2020 The Barrel Climber

Chardonnay

SONOMA COASTsonoma county


ALLOCATION LIST: $54.00
RETAIL: $60.00


TASTING NOTES

Coming up on our 20th harvest (!) we still find ourselves surprised each year with new discoveries and learning experiences. The 2020 Barrel Climber Chardonnay was this vintage’s revelation and humbled us with a somehow never-before conceived marriage of two very different sources: the nervy Green Acres and the gregarious Stiling (our source for Luke’s Grove).

The former vineyard delivers Sonoma Coast vibrancy, structure and cooler climate punchiness while the latter vineyard brings the luscious, creamy texture and lifted, floral aromatics of classic Russian River fruit. An easy choice once combined and the clear winner for the 2020 Barrel Climber cuvée. How did we not discover this sooner? So many choices, as each barrel is a separate fermentation and different entity on its own, so there’s always a mind-boggling array of diversity and potential!

Opulence and freshness combine for a real sweet spot style of Chardonnay. Baked apple and pear, lemon curd and citrus oil, white florals, clove and nutmeg – they’re all here in this delightfully surprising cuvée.

Aged in puncheon (roughly 30% new) for an extended period, we’re completely smitten with the results and are already finding it rather irresistible as a young wine. You could think of it as Green Acres with more succulence or Stiling with a more vital structure but that doesn’t tell the whole story. As with any good blend, the sum is greater than the parts.

34 cases – that’s all we have so please grab some early if you want to get in on this one!

DRINKING WINDOWS

Prime drinking: Late 2022 through 2029
Graceful ageability: 2031+

VINEYARDS

87% Green Acres | 13% Stiling

CLONES

87% Hyde | 13% Rued

STATS

pH: 3.36 |  TA: 7.3 | Alcohol: 13.6
Bottling: May 26, 2022 | Release: Fall 2022
Cases Produced: 34

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