2015 Williams Selyem Chardonnay Allen Vineyard

Year: 2015
Appellation: Russian River Valley, Sonoma County
Country: USA-California
Wine Enthusiast: 95
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.8%
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"This is a robust white, exhibiting an exotic nose of spicy nutmeg and lemongrass. Fully oaked, it presents ripeness and concentration, a sign of its youthful vigor and the density of the vintage. Lemony acidity provides freshness against the bolder landscape of ripe apple and melon. -V.B. " (WE)

Winery Notes:
Winemaker Notes:
Notes of yellow apple and musk melon steeped in delicate dragon pearl jasmine tea emerge from the glass. Deeper pitched tones of yellow apple add a base note to the enticing aromatics. Pear and apple flavors dominate the flavor profile. Refreshing acidity throughout the length of the palate creates harmony between the tannins and the mineral complexion. The weightlessness on the mid-palate is punctuated with hints of quince and green tea. In a word, wow!

The Vineyard:
The Allen Vineyard is adjacent to Rochioli Vineyard, approximately six miles southwest of the town of Healdsburg, banking the Russian River. Fog-cooled evenings and moderately warm daytime temperatures make the Russian River Valley region ideal for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes.

Harvest 2015:
The 2015 vintage continues the hit parade of great quality vintages of the last four years. The season started under extreme drought conditions for the 4th consecutive season despite a wet early winter. January was very dry and warm and brought bud break earlier than expected by about 12 days compared to 2014. The rains returned in early February and dramatically slowed down the growth of the plants. May temperatures were some of the coldest on record and negatively impacted flowering and therefore fruit set. It was common for clusters to have millerandage, or a “hens and chicks” (big berry, little berry) phenotype, great for wine quality but severely limited yields. By the end of July the heat returned and, coupled with limited fog intrusion, the ripening process sped along quickly. In fact, harvest started on the last day of July…the earliest on record in the 36 vintages at Williams Selyem! Despite an auspicious start and a dramatic finish to the season, the 2015 wines may surpass some of the great recent vintages as they are bold and yet maintain their trueness to site. With superb color, structure and acidity, the wines have staying power, but with the wonderful texture and richness that are expressed today, who can resist them now?