2015 Sangiacomo Chardonnay
About this wine
In 2015, La Follette picked Sangiacomo Chardonnay at the earliest date ever: the Green Acres block on September 14th. To capture the site's character and nurture superior texture, clusters were pressed straight to barrel without cold settling. The lees were in contact with the wine throughout the aging process. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, a Chardonnay of finesse with finely balanced weight and structure.
The Green Acres Vineyard is located in the southeast corner of Sonoma Coast AVA, where the Bay plays a critical role in moderating temperatures, creating ideal growing conditions. The cooler climate in the southern part of the county preserves the acid in the Chardonnay and balances the fruit intensity. Formerly a dairy, it was the first vineyard the Sangiacomos planted and launched the family's prestigious winegrowing career.
Enticing bouquet of fresh pear, biscuit and carmelized apple. With time in glass, warm oak spice and vanilla bean emerge. The satiny mouthfeel on entry leads to a nice lift of citrus fruit that plays against the wine's richness. Persistent finish with a hint of dried apricot.
100% Chardonnay | Old Wente - Catarina Selection
Native primary and secondary fermentations in French oak barrels; 40% new
10 months on the lees with bâtonnage
Alc. 14.2% | pH 3.44 | TA 0.61 g/100mL