When a world-class Napa Valley winery known for its powerful Cabernet turns its winemaking sights on Chardonnay you can be certain that the final product will be something special.
The 2014 Pine Ridge Vineyards Dijon Clone Chardonnay has caught our attention.
The term ‘Dijon Clone’ refers to the particular vines planted in the cool, rolling hills of Carneros within Napa Valley. Clones 76, 95, and 96 to be exact which are coveted for their low producing yields which results in grapes with pronounced flavor and acidity. This is an incredible expression of Chardonnay that shows both characteristics of its California birthplace as well as its French heritage.
2014 was a lovely vintage, the grapes were hand-harvested at night and fermented in French oak. The nose is an explosion of apple, citrus, baking spice, and graham cracker. The rich palate shows baked apple, pear, lemon curd, with hints of vanilla bean. Malolactic fermentation was avoided to let that tell-tale Dijon Clone acidity shine through on the finish.