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2010 Blanc de Blancs
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2010 Blanc de Blancs

2010 Blanc de Blancs

Talk about long hang time... the high elevation Knudsen Vineyard, Dijon Clone Chardonnay in the 2010 Blanc de Blancs wasn't harvested until October 18th, a full month behind our usual picking window! As a result, we see the strict interplay between vivid aromatics and steely, razor's edge minerality. Comice pear, faint pomelo, and fresh brioche seep calmly against the stern, edgy backbone. In order to tame that wild, late season acid and develop creamy texture, this Chardonnay was fermented entirely in our oldest neutral oak barrels and allowed to age on the lees. The tense, enlivening acidity and elegant mousse leave the salvaries coated with umami-like richness. I'm thinking Chelsea Gem oysters and a sandy beach.

92 Points, Wine Spectator

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92 Points, Wine Spectator

"Light and crisp, with a tangy star fruit character weaving through the pear and spice flavors. Finishes long, showing finesse. Drink now. 956 cases made." –HS

2009: Wine Spectator 92
2008: Wine Spectator 92
2007: Wine Advocate 92
2007: Wine Spectator 90
2006: Wine Advocate 92
2006: Wine Spectator 91
2000: Wine Advocate 93
2000: Wine Spectator 92
COMPOSITION 100% Chardonnay
ALCOHOL % by VOL. 12%

Tasting notes

The growing season started out unusually cool, delaying grape flowering until well into July. Poor pollination produced smaller than average clusters. Even then we were compelled to further thin our crop, removing grape clusters to get the yields well below average. There was just not enough growing season left to ripen a normal crop.

A season saving string of 80+ degree days at the end of September gave us all hope of ripening and put life back into our plans to make red wine. A bit of warm, soaking rain in early October sent us into further removing leaves and working to keep fruit healthy. Mid October brought an great, dry forecast and harvest began with a bang to beat predicted October 23rd rains. Red wine was harvested with gusto beginning the 17th and we wrapped up harvest the 21st of October. Keys to our success were, small crop, healthy fruit, and patience to wait until the very end of the season to pick.

Vintage: 2010
Varietal: Sparkling
Appellation: Dundee Hills AVA
Alcohol %: 12.0
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