La Clarine Farm 2019 Chardonnay, Sierra Foothills
Item Number: 15705
Sub Region: Sierra Foothills
Appellation/AVA: Sierra Foothills
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vineyard Designation: Rorick Heritage Vineyard
Grape(s): 100% Chardonnay
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Closure: Screw Cap
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Viticulture: Practicing Biodynamic
Soil Type: Limestone
Case Production: 123
Originating from the Rorick Heritage Vineyard, from grapes grown on limestone, this is the second Chardonnay that La Clarine has released and the first vintage to make it to Chicago, Illinois.
Winemaking Notes: The grapes were picked and immediately whole cluster pressed into tanks. Primary fermentation took around 10 days to complete. The various tanks were combined then into one lot, which rested on the lees until bottling in July of 2020. The wine had a full, spontaneous secondary (malolactic) fermentation as well. This is an oak-free wine, and showcases how complex and beautiful Chardonnay can be without all the makeup.
Tasting Notes: This vintage has fallen wonderfully clear, showing a brilliant gold-green color. It displays interesting aromas of green plum, graham cracker, and a subtle smoky bacon vibe. It is crisp on the palate, and very textural (something that Chardonnay does very well!), with a medium to full body. It is rich, yet light, simultaneously. Ends with a long, lingering finish, with more fresh plummy fruit and a delightful herbal note. This will be a fun wine to follow as it ages.