Banshee Chardonnay [Magnum]
2013 was a flat out fantastic vintage on the Sonoma Coast. Ideal spring conditions allowed for even and successful flowering while a long warm summer provided a perfect incubator for ripening fruit. While the harvest was on the early side, the weather was idyllic and as a result most of the grapes were in pristine condition. Very little sorting was required on our various lots. Chardonnay faired especially well in this vintage and many combine the best aspects of ripeness and freshness.
This marks the second vintage of this wine for us. As with our Pinot program, each subsequent offering has meant an expanded selection of enticing vineyard material with which to work. In addition to some cool-climate Sonoma Coast sites around the towns of Sebastopol and Occidental, this vintage also possesses a rather large percentage of Chardonnay from the famed Heintz Vineyard.
The resulting wine is round and focused in style. Brioche, citrus, and sweet vanilla and are some of the nuances that jump out of the glass. In the mouth its medium weight texture shows off apple, baked pear and lemon pudding. Wild flowers, almonds and wet stone are layered into the finish.
Clones: Hyde, Old Wente, Hudson, 4 & 17.
Winemaking: Primary fermentation lasted between 28-41 days depending on the lot. Malo-lactic fermentation occurred naturally and was arrested in the majority of the lots prior to completion.
Aging: 11 months in 90% French oak of which 30% was new and 70% neutral. Remaining 10% in stainless steel
Cooperage: Siruge, Francois Frere & Damy