93 Points / Editor’s Choice – Wine Enthusiast – August 2015
Tasting Notes: Nose of cantaloupe, white peach, white orange blossom and wisteria balanced with fresh and bright minerality. The 2013 Chaîné is an aromatic delight and medium bodied, with a long lasting finish.
Romance Copy: The fruit for our 2013 Chaîné Chardonnay is a blend of Espiguette 352, Dijon 76 and Draper clones. The fruit was hand harvested and placed in harvest bins, which were promptly covered to protect the fruit and immediately transported to the winery where the clusters were hand sorted so that our winemaker could begin the art of limited input winemaking.
Fermentation began naturally by the native yeasts provided by nature in the vineyard and our Chardonnay was aged sur lie (on the lees) for five months in a blend of French oak and stainless steel barrels. Bâttonage, which is the stirring of the barrels, was carefully performed each Friday. These old world, artisanal winemaking techniques add a dimension of creaminess, texture and complexity to the mouthfeel while maintaining the wonderful aromas and flavors of the fruit.