2015 Chardonnay - Sexton Hill
94 points - 2017 North Coast Wine Challenge
Double Gold - 2017 Sonoma County Harvest Fair
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The Sexton Hill Chardonnay booms out of the glass with apricot, red apple and baking spice aromas that put this serious wine into its own class.
And then there’s the mouthfeel. It’s weighty throughout yet maintains its focus with a laser-beam streak of natural acidity that pulls the wine together and hints at its long-term aging potential. There’s a salty sensation and a hint of lemon peel that adds texture and grip and works to accentuate its flavors. The finish is full and lengthy with flavors and textures that last for several minutes. It’s awesome.
Sexton Hill Vineyard, with its steep hillsides, Goldridge soil and a non-traditional (think cold) northern exposure, lies about 10 miles from the cooling influence of the Pacific Ocean. Protected from direct afternoon sun, the grapes planted here produce concentrated and structured wines.
Sexton Hill Chardonnay Winemaking Philosophy: Growing and making outstanding barrel fermented Chardonnay is one of the most difficult tasks in winemaking. Old Wente clone from Sexton Hill Vineyard was gently whole cluster pressed and fermented in barrel without adding commercial yeast. This slows down the fermentation and allows for a lifted aromatic profile. The wine was aged in barrel for 18 months to soften the acidity and add texture. The extra time and atten- tion certainly paid off. The proof is in the bottle.
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