Green Valley Ranch Chardonnay 2013
Warren Dutton planted this Chardonnay vineyard on an east-facing hillside west of the town of Graton in 1969. The clone planted in the vineyard, which produces exceptionally exotic, highly identifiable fruit, has since been propagated across California and is now referred to as the Z Clone when sourced outside of this vineyard. This vineyard's old vines produce clusters with tiny golden translucent berries with incredibly enticing flavors, floral aromatics, and tropical freshness.
The Jester is meant to be a wine for wine geeks and wine explorers. This wine is unoaked and the entire fermentation is done in temperature controlled stainless. As a result, you will experience a Chardonnay like no other as the wine expresses itself almost more as a very fruit forward Viogner or rich Sauvignon Blanc than a classic Chardonnay. We love this wine because it is such a pleasant surprise, so unique, and at the end of the day, so darn tasty to drink.
This a bright and vibrant example of the Chardonnay grape. Unadulterated by the use of oak this wine shines in it’s purity and transparency!
This young Chardonnay is full of energy and minerality. The aromas are initially dominated by white flowers, which are reminiscent of citrus blossoms, but quickly followed by ripe pears and cantaloupe. On the palate there’s great generosity of fruit but not as ripe as the aromas suggested. It starts off with creamy flavors of lemon tart and meringue and finishes with fresh and tangy kumquats and sweet tangerines.
The Jester does not want to be serious, powerful and assertive; it wants to be fun and enjoyed with friends on the hot summer days. Even though with creamy cheeses it takes on a more round and richer character, with fresh seafood it just livens the palate like a squeeze of lemon on dungeness crab.
Cases Produced: 80
Alc. BY Vol: 13.8