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2013 Vintner Select Chardonnay

The 2013 Vintner Select Chardonnay features a blend of our original block of clone 4 fruit, as well as a five year old block of clone 96, and for the first time, a bit of fruit from our new Figtree block planted to a heritage Wente selection. Night-picked grapes were cold-pressed, settled, and then fermented in French oak (20% new) and aged sur lies for nine months prior to racking and bottling. The resulting wine expresses heady flavors of green apple, pineapple, lilac, honeysuckle and lychee, complemented by a cool acidity and just the slightest kiss of oak-induced roundness and depth.  

 

Appellation: Sonoma County
Vintage: 2013
Harvest: September 2013
Fermentation: 20% New French Oak
80% Neutral French Oak
Cooperage: 20% New French Oak
80% Neutral French Oak
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 14.2%
Bottling: July 2014
Production: 353 cases
Release Date: January 2015
Price: $50.00
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Reviews

  • California Grapevine: May 2015, Volume 41
    Rating: 90

    2013 Pride Mountain Vineyards, “Vintner Select Cuvée,” Sonoma County ($50) – Medium-light golden yellow; attractive, buttery, green apple and tropical fruit aroma with a hint of lemon curd; medium-full body; rich, layered, buttery, pear, green apple, and pineapple flavors with firm acidity and some creaminess in the mouthfeel; lingering aftertaste. Very highly recommended. 14.2% alcohol; 353 cases; 100% Chardonnay; 100% BF; 100% ML; released January 2015. (Group Score: 16.3, 2/0/0; My Score: 17 [90/100], seventh place)

  • The Wine Advocate: eRobertParker.com #221 Oct. 2015
    Rating: 90

    From Pride’s mountaintop estate vineyard, the 2013 Chardonnay Vintner’s Select enjoys partial malolactic as well. It is aged nine months in all French oak, but only 25% is new. This wine displays much more minerality than the Carneros bottling, offering wet stones interwoven with citrus oil, apple blossom and hints of white peach and pineapple. It is rich, medium to full-bodied and fresh, with the oak pushed way to the background.