La Follette Chardonnay Manchester Ridge 2012 (Mendocino Ridge, California) - [RP 90]

La Follette Chardonnay Manchester Ridge 2012
(Mendocino Ridge, California) - [RP 90]


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Notes from the Winemaker:

Aromas of white lily, honeycomb and Gravenstein apple leap from the glass. The entry is marked by focused citrus acidity that folds into lemon curd and a softer note of sweet cream. Buoyant fruitiness plays against Chanterelle mushroom; the wine is both fresh and rich at once with a hint of spiciness on the late palate. Beeswax and baked apple emerge on the soft, lingering finish. A truly sumptuous Chardonnay.

Manchester Ridge Vineyard is perched at 2000 ft. elevation overlooking the Manchester plain with a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. Winters are moderated by the maritime climate and bud-break is early (February to early March). Shoot growth is slow through the relatively cool summer, which allows the fruit a long hang time for flavor development and ripeness. The vineyard is trellised on a modified double Guyot system to maximize solar penetration and rooted in well-draining decomposed sandstone. We pick three clones of Chardonnay from this exceptional site: Dijon 76, Old Wente and the new Dijon clone 809.

APPELLATION Mendocino Ridge
CLONES Old Wente, Dijon 76 and 809
FERMENTATION Some skin contact for 809 clone, Native yeast fermentation for the entire lot
AGING Sur lies with early bâttonage
ALCOHOL 14.1%
PRODUCTION 561 cases

Ratings & Reviews


90 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"From a Mendocino site, the 2012 Chardonnay Manchester Ridge Vineyard reveals notes of lemon meringue pie, white currants and flowers, crisp acidity, medium body and a naked, Chablis-like style. It is completely different than the Lorenzo Vineyard Chardonnay, but is impeccably well-made. Drink it over the next 5-6 years." - Robert M. Parker, Jr. (Dec 2014)

89 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Offers a mix of honey and honeydew flavors, with pear, apple and subtle citrus notes. The oaks hangs in the background, making this a fresh, snappy, crisp style, showing some added texture. Drink now. 561 cases made." - JL (Jul 31, 2015)