Edna Valley Chardonnay, Wolff Vineyard 2005
Release Date: Fall 2007
This is our twenty-first vintage from this vineyard, the oldest producing in the Edna Valley. 2005 was a typically cool season for this site with harvest commencing on October 7th. The Edna Valley appellation as a whole, and especially this vineyard, is the last to harvest Chardonnay in the state.
Aged nine months in barrel and an additional fourteen months in bottle, this 2005 is fully developed. Beautiful aromas of honeysuckle and mint lead to a deep complex yet elegant fruit-driven flavors across the palate. Vineyard specific earth and lime nuances rise in the aftertaste.
Yield: 2.3 tons per acre (140 tons total purchase)
Harvest: October 3rd-19th
Numbers @ Harvest: 23.5° Brix, 3.4 pH, 8.2 grams acidity
Barrel Regimen: 50-50 French and American 2-5 years old; 100% barrel fermented with full malolactic; aged sur lie 9 months
Bottling: July 11th- August 5th 2006
88 points Wine Spectator - July 2007
Smooth, rich and creamy-textured, this is intense and concentrated, with a mix of ripe pear, green apple, floral and spice notes. Ends with a fresh, snappy aftertaste. Drink now through 2010..—J.L.