Hendry Vineyard Napa Valley Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2014
The Hendrys have been farming the same vineyard since 1939. All of their wines are from the estate and sustainably grown. Earlier on the pioneers grew plum trees and raised cattle. In the 60s and 70s Napa experienced an increase in demand of grapes. The Hendry's grapes were known for their good quality and sold to Mondavi, Opus One and Kent Rosenblum.
This wine is a selection from among their diverse chardonnay blocks: Block 9 (KD selection), Block 19 (Dijon 96 clone), Block 20 (Dijon 95 clone), and Block 21 (Old Wente selection). In 2014, budbreak occurred in the chardonnay blocks March 8th, bloom was May 6th. Veraison was July 12th and harvest was August 29th, a "bloom to harvest" period of 115 days.
The Barrel Fermented Chardonnay is whole-cluster pressed and cold settled. Barrel fermented sur lie and aged in the same French oak barrels for 11 months. Approximately one third to one half of the barrels are new. The Barrel Fermented Chardonnay, like all of the white wines at Hendry, does not undergo any malolactic fermentation, important for retaining its food-friendly malic acidity.
"The 2014 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay displays more floweriness. It doesn’t have the weight of the 2013, but is equal in quality, with a delicacy of floral character, medium body, and beautifully pure but subtle fruit. Both of these wines show impeccable craftsmanship. Drink the 2014 over the next 2-3 years." Robert Parker
Medium yellow-gold color. Initial aromas show off the gentle use of oak, with spice and toasted nuts overlaying dried apple fruit. On the palate, dried apples and stone fruit, baking spice and gingery pepper. Medium-bodied, balanced, pleasant and soft, with pie-apple acid and baking spices on the finish. 14.4% Alc. Content. Sustainable. 982 cases produced. Pair with pizza, creamy chicken or pasta dishes and cheese.
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