2017 ROSA, Estate Chardonay
This is our fourth bottling of ROSA, coming from only a 2.8 acre vineyard block, and demonstrates how enjoyable Chardonnay really can be when grown and approached correctly. To us, there is no argument for why Chardonnay often remains one of the most expensive and celebrated wines in the world. The fruit for ROSA always yields an exotic and highly aromatic wine due to its north-facing exposure (less sunlight), and planting on three different types of ocean based soils (Calcareous, Diatomaceous and Limestone), mixed in with our heavier clay. Because of the fruit’s striking intensity, our team feels this wine can benefit from more time, in more new oak, which only increases the wine’s fullness, richness and age-ability (7+ years). Barrel fermented in 100% new French 581 gallon Foudre (10 times the size of a normal barrel) with 16 months elevage. Full ML and no battonage. 475 cases. 13.5% alcohol. Yellow-gold color with aromas of exotic lime, yellow pit fruit, white chocolate and hay. A fresh and lively palate mixed with a rich, mouth-filling decadence and concentration. Long-lived.
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