Bonita's Hill Chardonnay 2017
This selection of a few special barrels is named after my English Springer Spaniel, Bonita, who loves to run up and down the rolling hill where these vines are planted. It is a selection of the See clone from a block that always gives us grapes with a very distinctive personality, so we decided to age and bottle it separately.
The Don Miguel Vineyard: Named after the late patriarch of the Torres family, this sustainable vineyard is located in the Green Valley — the coolest, foggiest region of the Russian River, only ten miles from the Pacific. Planted in the European-style high density of over 2,000 vines/acre, the yields are low and labor intensive; but the vines live longer and the grapes acquire better balance and greater concentration, as well as more elegance and finesse.
The Vinification: The grapes were harvested September 5, whole-cluster pressed and barrel fermented using our own indigenous yeast in French oak from the forest of Allier, coopered by Damy with medium-plus toast, 33% of which were new. The wine went through 100% malolactic fermentation, aged on its lees and was bottled, unfiltered, in July 2018.
Tasting Notes: Lovely golden color and bright lemony aromas, with notes of fresh apple and pear. Balanced and silky palate, with hints of spice reminiscent of clove and vanilla; rich, savory and creamy. Delightful right now but will age well for at least 15 to 20 years. I would recommend serving it at 46-48° F with elegant seafood dishes, white meats — and a good shellfish Paella!