2011 Rivers-Marie Chardonnay B. Thieriot Vineyard
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2011 Rivers-Marie Chardonnay B. Thieriot Vineyard Sonoma Coast - 185 cases, 14.2% alcohol, 25% new oak
This once again was the last thing we harvested for the vintage. Given the weather it required more sorting than we had ever done before. We probably culled out 15% of the pick for botrytis concerns. The palate though shows that we couldn't get it all out. There's a honeyed character to the wine that we've tasted in some higher end white Burgundies that we like. It's a nice balance to the 3.2 finished pH the wine possesses. This is the only 2011 that is actually denser than its 2010 version. That wine needs a ton of time still where the '11 seems pretty open knit now. It is citrus fruit focused as always but with a little more brioche and hazelnut than years past. We cut back once again on the new wood component to allow more vineyard expression in this wine.