We have successfully sold the Fort Ross Sea Slopes Pinot Noir for several consecutive vintages and are now adding their Chardonnay to our selection. This 2014 was fermented and aged for 10 months in 30% new and 70% neutral French oak barrels. As winemaker, Jeff Pisoni notes, "this wine is comprised of small berried old Hyde field selection chosen for its richness and sleek structure and small berried old Wente for its luscious fruit and grace. These heritage field selections have full, complex flavors that are intensified by the small size of both the bunches and the berries."
He goes on to describe the tasting notes as follows, "The hue is a hazy pale lemon, evidence of subtle stirring of the lees (batônnage) and bottling without fining or filtration. The generous almost viscous texture weaves seamlessly together with the vibrant acidity and minerality characteristic of the Fort Ross Vineyard’s coastal terroir. Vivid aromas of citrus blossom, melon, and lemon tart with hints of marzipan soar. Layers of fleshy apricot and autumnal pear with hints of citrus and spice evolve on the palate lead to the expansive finish."