2019 Ladera Chardonnay Pillow Road Vineyard
93 Points - Owen Bargreen
The Pillow Road vineyard is located in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County, southwest of the city of Sebastopol, in an area affectionately known as the Sebastopol Hills. Located just 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean and featuring the ideal Goldridge sandy loam soils, the vines at Pillow Road thrive in ideal climatic conditions, yielding beautiful expressions of cool-climate Chardonnay. Planted in 2008, the Pillow Road vineyard features two Chardonnay clones, Old Wente and the aromatic Mt. Eden 809, both of which complement each another in the final blend.
The Chardonnay grapes were harvested during the night to preserve the delicate, fresh fruit characters, then hand sorted and gently whole cluster pressed. After pressing, the juice was cold settled for 24 hours and barrel fermented, followed by partial malolactic fermentation in select barrels for added texture. The wine was aged sur-lies in 58% new French oak for 15 months and stirred routinely to enhance the rich, complex palate.
The 2019 Ladera Chardonnay is an ethereal beauty that beautifully evolves with every swirl. Lifted aromas of tangerine and honeysuckle with secondary notes of baked pineapple and fresh oak spice. The expansive palate is pure and refined, balanced with a flavorful core of tropical and stone fruits, delicate texture and vibrant acidity that persists through the long, quenching finish.