2013 Poseidon Vineyard "The Bench" Chardonnay
$30.60 Pre-Release Program Member Price
Opening with the precise aromas of lemon and lime zest, the nose on this Chardonnay unfolds into a tropical delight of scents including papaya, mango and lychee fruit. On the palate, the body is soft and luscious with a viscous texture. The subtle flavor of lemon custard is flanked with minerality and a judicious dab of fresh oak which carries into the long finish.
The maritime environment of the Carneros grape-growing region delivers cool, foggy mornings followed by warm days that slowly nurture ripening. This seaside influence is particularly acute at our Poseidon Vineyard; one can see the masts of boats bobbing in the water just a few steps to the south. The prominent feature of our vineyard is the gravelly, geological “Bench”—the elevated, rocky, former riverbank of the Carneros Creek—that runs serpentine through the center of the site. From this unique geological feature spring some of our most distinct, small-production wines.
2013 was a “surprisingly mild” vintage. We enjoyed moderate conditions throughout the growing season, with few heat spikes and no rain. The warm and dry conditions of the summer were perfect for supplying a healthy crop of Chardonnay that was ripe and ready in the first half of September. Really, it was one of the easiest farming years in memory.
The fruit was pressed whole cluster in small batches and then barrel fermented in new, 300 liter barrels that were lightly toasted specifically for this wine. These special, larger format barrels provided all the good things that barrel fermentation brings to Chardonnay: full body and sweeter flavors. The unique low toast of the barrels ensured that the fruit aromas and flavors would shine through. A special yeast strain was used to promote a long fermentation, adding a new level of complexity to this wine. Lees stirring after malolactic fermentation was employed to boost the smooth, elegant texture.
Alex Beloz, Winemaker
Michael Terrien, Founding Winemaker