Thursday, March 22, 2018
Patz And Hall Chardonnay/ Alder Springs Vineyard/Wine Master James Hall
Recently on a rainy day in Sonoma County,I traveled down to the town of Sonoma,and enjoyed a few wines with James Hall.The tasting room is incredible,and should be at the top of your list of places to visit,on your next wine country excursion.Today we have a great feature with the Alder Springs Vineyard 2014 Chardonnay. After we check out the history and the wine maker's notes,we will pour a glass of this special wine and enjoy our audio feature. A favorite variety of many winemakers, Chardonnay allows the characteristics of the vineyard and vintage to be fully articulated through the craft of wine making. From intriguing mineral flavors and wet stone aromas to lush, tropical fruit tastes, Chardonnay has a tremendous range of expression. A hallmark of the Patz & Hall wine making program is the distinctive character of each of our Chardonnays, each beautifully rendered. After pressing, the juice, with all of the lees, is racked into 100 percent French oak barrels, where, after several days, it begins to ferment. The barrel fermentations typically progress very slowly, often finishing in early winter. This extended fermentation gives rise to wines with great depth of flavor and roundness. During this period, the wines are stirred weekly to extract the toasty, roasted aromas from the grape solids and yeast remaining in the barrel. At the same time, we top the barrels weekly to protect the wines from oxidation. All Patz & Hall Chardonnays undergo malo-lactic fermentation and then develop in barrel for eleven months before being bottled without filtration. The yeast particles that remain further guard the wines from oxidation, so they continue to age favorably in bottle. Gently transferred from barrel to bottle, unfiltered wines do not undergo "bottle shock," consequently, Patz & Hall Chardonnays are delicious upon release and continue to evolve in bottle over time. This wine“Offers a lively, vivid mix of lemon-infused green apple, white peach, nectarine and tangerine flavors, ending with a long, juicy finish and a touch of pithiness in the aftertaste. Drink now.” - James Laube .Robert Parker wrote; " The 2013 is powerfully aromatic, with an alluring nose of cherry blossom, peach, green apple toffee and smoke. Though rich and round on the palate, there is also an unmistakable and complexity on display that makes this wine a treasure. We have a bottle of the 2014 Alder Springs Vineyard Chardonnay. The 2014 Chardonnay Alder Springs Vineyard emerges from a high-elevation, 2,600-foot-altitude vineyard in Mendocino. Patz & Hall were one of the first vignerons to exploit this sensational site, which is clearly one of the great vineyards of Mendocino. This wine sees slightly more new oak at 60% new French oak, and offers gorgeously pure citrus oil, poached pear, cinnamon, clove and hints of white peach and pineapple. There is a lot going on in the aromatics as well as the flavor profile of this full-bodied wine, which has dazzling fruit purity, texture and length. The acidity gives it focus and grip. Drink it over the next 5-6 years." I think we have a special treat in front of us,please join us as we enjoy a glass of this world class wine.We saved you a seat!Click below and enjoy our audio feature with James Hall and Patz and Hall Alder Springs Vineyard 2014 Chardonnay!Cheers! Click here and join us for this special tasting with Wine maker James Hall of Patz and hall .