Chardonnay, Banfield Vineyard, Russian River Valley – 2013
The Chardonnay blocks in Banfield Vineyard are some of the coolest sites with which we work. The vineyard sits in a protected pocket of the Russian River Valley that collects cool air in the mornings, and warms up slowly only when the morning sun peeks over the surrounding hills. This unique microclimate is expressed quite transparently in the wine with delicate, sweet floral notes prevailing on the nose, and an elegance, lightness and minerality driving the palate. Aromas of lime curd, orange blossom, wet granite and baking spices emanate from the glass. The wine is silky on the mid-palate, with notes of pear skin, spiced pear and lemon oil carrying the long finish.