Taft Street Winery - Chardonnay
Taft Street is producing great wines year to year not just because they have the touch but because they are helping dozens of other wineries get their wines in and out of production. With this, like stated in the interview they were able to work hand in hand with other great Chardonnay producers to make a truly remarkable bottle of Chard that represents the Sonoma Russian River Valley with prestige and for a price point, you can't beat.
With This Bottle Infront Of Me
Chardonnay from the Russian River is at the top of its class. This one is no different and does that designation proud with a great fruit flavor that is carried on oak that is in complete balance. Limited creamy/butter taste from ML was well done and keeps this wine in harmony. This wine can meet a wide array of dishes, occasions, or just as an everyday type of wine. Enjoy!
From The Winery
With a bright nose of pear and lemon, this Chardonnay highlights fruit-forward flavors of honeysuckle and apple. The French Oak and partial malolactic fermentation add a delightfully creamy combination of toasted almond and creme brulee. The result is a bright, fruit-forward wine with a long enjoyable finish.
80% of the Chardonnay was barrel fermented in Damy French oak barrels. The wine was aged ten months Sur Lie and 30% of the barrel fermented wine underwent malolactic fermentation.
100% Russian River Valley Chardonnay
100% French Oak (10% New, 20% 1-2 year)
August 21 – September 9, 2015
July 13-14, 2016
We sourced six local, well-known Russian River Valley vineyards for this wine: Clone 17 from Saralee Kundee’s Catie’s Corner; Clone 4 & 809 from Hopkins Vineyards; Clone 4 & 17 from Vino Farms’ Airport Vineyard and Art Ibleto’s Bella Sonoma vineyard, and the Robert Young Clone from Dutton Ranch and Nonella Vineyards.
The 2015 harvest saw warmer temps and a dry growing season which accelerated ripening and resulted in quite aromatic and condensed flavors. Similar to 2014, a mild winter and spring without frost led to crisper wines with higher acidity.