2016 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.
Much to the delight of both grape growers and winemakers, the 2016 vintage carried through from beginning to end, with ideal conditions and ideal results. Long-awaited rainfall during the winter and early spring replenished desperate reservoirs and ground water, easing the concerns generated by several years’ worth of drought conditions. The summer was kind, with only a few heat spikes, which then carried over into a true Indian Summer; keeping daytime temperatures above normal, and the mornings foggy and cool throughout the peak month of September, permitting us to take our time in evaluating and calling picks at their optimal maturity. Nature patiently waited for us to bring in our final lots before returning with the rain that has traditionally been the signal for the end of the harvest season.
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 malolactic fermentation, during which it is stirred bi-weekly to maximize mouthfeel and volume. This wine aged for 12 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 caramelized pineapple, zesty Meyer lemon crème, linden flowers, baked golden delicious apples and mandarin peel. While bright acid and minerality leads on the front, the body is rich and creamy, with crisp edges and a lingering finish of soft caramel.