Fallenleaf Vineyard Chardonnay 2016
Vinous - Antonio Galloni
Robert Parker Wine Advocate
Located on the top of the Eastern slope of the Sonoma ridge overlooking the town of Sonoma, Fallenleaf Vineyard is an 8-acre gem planted to Old Wente Chardonnay. Owner Harry Cohn works tirelessly with Atlas Vineyard Management to methodically produce a stellar crop year after year. Established before today's modern skinny tractors, the low yields of wide rows are compensated for with a unique double trunk / mid-wire cordon system that can only work in a well-ventilated, cool hillside site like this one.
Clear and clean with a slight green hue hinting at green apples on the nose. Fresh mountain air, Meyer lemon, and river pebbles round out the aromatics. True to the Old Wente clone, bright acidity lingers endlessly with restrained stone fruits and minerality.
|Aging/Cooperage||30% new French, 14 months|