Chappellet 2019 Chardonnay Calesa Vineyard Petaluma Gap "Grower Collection"
750 ml, 100% Chardonnay
Exposed to the fog and wind that funnel through the Petaluma Gap, Calesa is a cool-climate vineyard where Chardonnay ripens slowly, developing pure, vibrant flavors and ideal acidity. Farmed by acclaimed grower Oscar Renteria in shallow, gravelly loam soils, our prized hillside blocks at Calesa feature several exceptional clones of Chardonnay. In addition to producing naturally low yields, this diversity of clonal material results in a complex and layered wine with beautiful notes of citrus, tropical fruit, and spice.
"The 2019 Chardonnay Calesa Vineyard takes some time to emerge from its shell, offering mineral-laced white peach, jasmine and salted almonds. The medium-bodied palate is satiny and expansive, with a sense of energy derived from its dichotomy of honeyed fruits, shimmery, rocky tones and bright acidity, and it finishes with extraordinary length. It's approachable now but will continue to improve in bottle over the next 5+ years and hold for several more. 1,500 cases produced." Robert Parker 94+ Points
"This wine opens in a rich nose of spicy toasted oak, perfumed through a cohesive and complex palate of stone fruit, lemon and brioche. Though rich, it remains fresh throughout, retaining acidity and silky texture, coming from hillside blocks in the cool, coastal appellation. " Wine Enthusiast 94 Points