2017 Martin Ray Bootlegger's Hill Chardonnay
Concentrated fruit with powerful acidity and minerality, this wine showcases classic Russian River Chardonnay with a true Burgundian edge.
A site that once was a meeting location for Bootlegger’s during prohibition, the vineyard sits at 750 feet in the Occidental Hills on the far west side of the Russian River appellation. Planted to Goldridge soil, it sees excellent drainage, which makes for infertile soil, low vigor, but excellent quality. Only two blocks of the vineyard are comprised of Chardonnay, planted entirely to Wente clone on two rootstocks, one of which came from the famous Hyde vineyard.
Record setting rain and cooler temperatures lengthened dormancy, with first signs of budbreak mid-March. Hotter than average days brought Harvest mid-August with lower than average yields.
Each lot picked individually at peak ripeness. Gently whole cluster pressed, cold settled for two days, then racked to 35% new French oak barrels. All lots see yeast inoculation and 100% malolactic fermentation, lees stirred bi-weekly during its 10 months of aging.
Floral notes of Acacia with ripe apple skins and lemon creme. Caramelized pineapple, kumquat and oyster shells laced with stony minerality. A lean core of acidity carries, framed by structured tannins, and a touch of baking spice on the finish.