A combination of 30% new, 600 liter puncheons and 70% old French oak barriques from diverse coopers and left to age for 11 months
2017 Chers Amis Chardonnay 1.5L
94pts | Wine Spectator
Chers Amis is a special wine club offering that is produced in very limited quantities. This is a wine of great intensity from a neighboring site to Lingua Franca Estate that expresses a distinctive mineral characteristic. The resulting wine has a focused, intense character that feels light and pure, finishing with refreshing gunflint, lemon, and crunchy mineral nuances. It has weight but it is vibrant, filled with energy.
The vineyard source for Chers Amis is located just south of the Lingua Franca Estate. Here exists very shallow Nekia and Witzel soils, with less than two feet of topsoil. As in our own vineyard the vines send their roots into the basalt bedrock soon after they are planted. This imparts a more mineral and structured character to the wine, in harmony with the generous fruit.
Whole cluster pressed, barrel fermented in a combination of 30% new, 600 liter puncheons and 70% old French oak barriques from diverse coopers and left to age for 11 months. Full malolactic fermentation completed in each vessel and then the wines were put back in tank with their lees for five months prior to bottling.
Food Pairing Notes
This wine deserves to be served with simply poached or sautéed fish dishes especially Rockfish, Halibut, Turbot, and Dover Sole with light herbed butter, garlic butter, or a classic Beurre Blanc sauce. It is also expressive enough to go with Poached Salmon with sorrel sauce, or a grilled Hamachi collar with rice and furikake. One of the best pairings would be Chers Amis with lobster or crab with a simple, drawn butter.
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