2015 Williams Selyem Chardonnay Drake Estate Vineyard

Year: 2015
Appellation: Russian River Valley, Sonoma County
Country: USA-California
Wine Enthusiast: 95
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.3%
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"Pear and melon meld with briny minerality on the palate of this well-integrated, mildly ripe wine. Lasting acidity supports spicy flavors of nutmeg, allspice and anise. The texture is harmonious and focused. -V.B" (WE)

Winery Notes:
Winemaker’s Notes:
Notes of Meyer lemon and apple pie mix with allspice and nutmeg in this incredibly focused Chardonnay. Stone fruit, flowers, and tarragon add further interest to the aromatics. The palate leads with lemon and nectarine flavors, and quickly spreads out to a dusty minerally texture. An overarching sensation of lanolin offers a wonderful harmony across the entire palate.

The Vineyard:
The Drake Estate Vineyard has the same Yolo Sandy Silt Loam soil as is found in many of the very best vineyards along Westside Road. Originally planted to Rome apples, a late-ripening variety, the property has proven itself an exceptional location for growing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

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?