2015 Martin Ray Bisordi Ranch Chardonnay
Owned and managed by Henry Bisordi, a veteran third-generation grape grower from the Russian River Valley, the small, dry-farmed vineyard from which we source this selection lays just to the west of the small town of Fulton. Thanks to Mr. Bisordi's impeccable farming practices, and another stellar year despite the drought, we are delighted to be able to present another vintage of this small, single-vineyard wine.
The culmination of factors from another drought year in California surprised us with another wonderful vintage. An unseasonably dry and warm winter, which led to an early spring, forced the vines into bud break during peak frost season. However, the spring weather stayed mild during fruit set and led into a relatively warm summer which hastened ripening to unprecedented early harvest dates. Although the crop, overall, was lighter (and much, much earlier), than we've seen in several years, the outstanding quality of the fruit and resulting wines cannot be understated.
As one of our premium, vineyard-designated Chardonnays, we take special care with each step from vineyard to bottle. These grapes are handpicked then whole-cluster pressed with careful attention in separating the free run and lightly pressed juice from hard press to eliminate potential for bitterness. It is then sent to French oak barrels to undergo primary and malo-lactic fermentation, during which it is stirred bi-weekly to maximize mouthfeel and volume. This wine aged for 10 months on 40% new French oak, before we hand-selected the best barrels that make up the blend.
Decadent and complex, the Bisordi Ranch Chardonnay is layered with tropical pineapple and star fruit, zesty lemon drops, earthy dried hay, and aromatic almond blossoms and vanilla bean. The body is rich and creamy, but well-balanced with crisp edges and a lingering finish of light caramel and toffee.