2007 ENCORE CHARDONNAY
Encore Chardonnay derives from the 1.4 acre motif Encore Vineyard at Carmody McKnight. Besides limestone abundance, remarkably all the predominant soil types of the world's eminent vineyards, especially the Burgundy grand cru, play their part in these sea-leaning mountain vineyards.
The microclimates are influenced by the Big Sur coast just six miles away. Strikingly, though, few areas in the world provide more days of sun-ripening as well as 50-degree temperature swings day to night.
The vineyards are also the coolest in the Central Coast as measured over 24 hours. This is the rarest of microclimates and unmatched for Chardonnay where flavors of the fruit, not the barrel, are supremely manifest. New oak is employed judiciously to add subtle layers to nature's sublime terroir. Oak does not take the place of fruit but becomes an added and fascinating nuanced component. The encore that never ends.
Intense aromas of roasted almonds and buttered apples. Full, deep-bodied and toasty with notes of baked tropical fruit, nutmeg and vanilla. A long, supremely balanced finish. Reminiscent of the grand cru of Puligny Montrachet, but unique in oak flavors that are perfectly layered with natural earth qualities derived from awesome mineral and micronutrient soils.
Harvest Date: September 10, 2007 Block: motif Chardonnay
Oak: 100% New, 100% French, 100% Tonnellerie D' Aquitaine
Barrel Aged: 18 months
Bottling Date: March 25, 2009
432 Bottles Produced