34 year, non-grafted, old Wente clone Chardonnay we found near abandoned in summer 2009. Being Fukuoka followers we said why not?! This wine is a stunning example of the benefits of doing less to get more but equally a devastating example of the risk. 2011 was a difficult vintage and we lost most of the crop to mildew, only making 48 cases.\r \r 91pts Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar Issue 168 May/June 2013
Be warned: this natural wine wins no awards for clarity but will please and even delight when put on the table next to an array of cuisine (oysters, anything with butter, sushi, Chinese, Thai with lighter spices and the list goes on). Aromas of baked green apple, lemon curd and herbal hints are immediate but quickly followed by wet stone and a saline character that speaks to the vines proximity to the Pacific Ocean.
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