La Follette "Sangiacomo Vineyard" Chardonnay 2013 (Sonoma Coast, California)

La Follette "Sangiacomo Vineyard" Chardonnay 2013
(Sonoma Coast, California)

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About The Vineyard:

The Sangiacomo Chardonnay is our nod to white Burgundy, made in an intentionally reductive style.

Rich and inviting aromas of brioche, honeydew and toasted spices. A creamy entry with yellow pear and pineapple on the mid-palate. Bright and lifting acidity transitions to a minerality, with fresh green apple on the finish. The layers and progression of textures of the wine are inhibited if served too cold; best to enjoy at cellar temperature. Like its Burgundian counterparts, this is a Chardonnay that will continue to develop richness and complexity with cellaring.

The Vineyard:
Managed by third-generation farmers, brothers Mike and Steve Sangiacomo with their brother-in-law, Mike Pucci, this vineyard benefits from the cooling influence of the Petaluma Gap. Planted in 1998, the Roberts Road block is rooted in an ancient footprint of Copeland Creek, providing alluvial soils with tracks of gravel. The vines are trellised on a double Guyot system and farmed to Greg's specifications, including leaf-pulling and fruit-drop passes. We work with the excellent Old Wente Chardonnay clone from this vineyard, where the fruit is picked and presorted under the light rigs of the Sangiacomo night harvesting team.

Fermentation: Native yeast in French oak barrels
Aging: 10 months sur lie with batonnage
Alcohol: 14.1%
Cases Produced: 890 cases

Ratings & Reviews

89 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2013 Chardonnay Sangiacomo Vineyard from Sonoma Coast shows more honeysuckle, buttery brioche, tropical fruit, a fuller-bodied, richer mouthfeel, and a style not dissimilar from a premier cru from Meursault. It is rich, medium to full-bodied and impressive. Drink it over the next 5-6 years." - Robert M. Parker, Jr. (Mar 2016)

Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Delivers a mix of green apple, floral, white peach and nectarine flavors. Fresh, rich and vibrant, if somewhat less focused on the finish. Drink now. 890 cases made." - JL (Web Only - 2016)

Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"This youthful wine might just be holding some of its nuances back, but for now it's singularly minded in caramel and toffee with a baked-apple pie vibe, wrapped in generous oak." - Virginie Boone (6/1/2016)

Antonio Galloni:
"The 2013 Chardonnay Sangiacomo Vineyard is bold, immediate, with plenty of up-front, tropical and butter notes. I would prefer to drink this somewhat one-dimensional Chardonnay over the next 2-3 years." - Antonio Galloni (February 2016)