Wayfarer Estate 2014 Chardonnay, Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast
#2 on Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Wines of 2016!
After Jayson Pahlmeyer's dream of owning Grand Cru Burgundy vineyard land was dashed he was fortunate enough to discover Wayfarer. Just down the road from Helen Turley's celebrated Marcassin Vineyard, this extraordinary terroir was just what Jayson was looking for to produce world class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Just two vintages in it's clear that Wayfarer wines are something truly exceptional and who knows, perhaps what one day will be Grand Cru Burgundy's biggest rival. Grapes for this 2014 Chardonnay were harvested in the pre-dawn hours on precisely the right day. They hand picked each block and delivered firm, cool clusters to the winery before sunrise. After gentle whole-cluster pressing, the wine settled for 12 to 24 hours, followed by carefully monitored racking. It was then transferred 65% to new French oak at medium toast levels from cooperages including Damy, François Frères, Remond and Latour. Native yeasts slowly guided alcoholic fermentation, the lees stirred frequently until malolactic fermentation was complete. The wine was aged in barrel for 15 months and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Wine Enthusiast Magazine scored this 98 points saying "This is yet another stunning wine from this site, guided by the capable hands of Winemaker and Viticulturalist Bibiana González Rave, who has coaxed from it beguiling layers of complex concentration and sublime notions of tang and salt. The only white from a sea of Pinot Noir grown here, it speaks to what the extreme Sonoma Coast can bring to the variety—a celebration of lemon zest, crisp apple and brioche delicately wrapped in minerality."