92 Points - Wine Spectator
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.
Harvested on September 25th, 2017.
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 for complexity. The wine was aged sur-lies in 60% new French oak for 15 months and stirred routinely to enhance the rich and complex palate.
The 2017 Ladera Chardonnay exhibits aromas of Meyer lemon and citrus blossom with lively tropical notes of dried pineapple and coconut. The juicy palate is concentrated with flavors of ripe apple and nectarine, enhanced with a creamy texture and refreshing acidity.