September 10, 2013
10 months French oak, 40% new
2013 Alder Springs Chardonnay
The 2013 Alder Springs Chardonnay shows aromas of pear, lemon, brown sugar and petrichor. These aromas translate into the flavors with a hint of almond in a structure of clarity and pure fruit. Given the higher acidity a pairing with oysters or sea scallops would be sensational.
While the Alder Springs Vineyard is new to us, this incredible site has been the source of world-class Chardonnay, as well as other varietals, for many years. Located at the top of Mendocino County, this is arguably the finest vineyard in the region. At over 2,000’ elevation, and influenced by the coast only 12 miles away, the days are warm and the nights are cool. Combined with excellent soil and you have a perfect confluence of factors that produce Chardonnay fruit of great complexity and balance, the two main components we seek in Enkidu wines.
We whole cluster press the fruit upon arrival. After one day of settling, the juice is racked to barrel where it will undergo 100% barrel fermentation. Coupled with the use of 40% new French Oak, the barrel fermentation and lees contact give us the grainy and silky texture needed to balance the vibrant acidity that is present in our Chardonnay.