Fall ReleaseLorenzo Vineyard Chardonnay
2019

Winemaker’s Notes

The old vines at Lorenzo Vineyard produce one of our most distinctive wines each vintage - a bottling of deep concentration and completely transparent style that simply cannot be replicated elsewhere – terroir in action! These deep-rooted, low-yielding old vines offer such an astonishing level of dense fruit extract and botanical, savory complexity, that winemaking technique fades into the background as the vineyard expression holds sway. Very few vineyards are this dynamic. 

For the 2019 bottling, there’s slightly less acidity than its 2018 predecessor, so this vintage has an opulence and viscosity that amplifies the texture of the wine, creating a sense of oily richness that is simply magical. 

Piercing aromas of grapefruit and pear with thyme blossom, fresh mint, lemongrass, and lilac. The palate is immediately tangy and electric, precise and dynamic, before the wine’s deep texture and oily viscosity absorbs this vibrancy. Notes of sweet sage and fragrant botanicals dart in and out. The flavors are long, intense, and drawn out, pulsating to a long finish that features white pepper, grapefruit zest and flint. Serve at 58F – not too cool – and drink between 2022 and 2032. 

Andy Smith


Lorenzo Vineyard Chardonnay  - DuMOL

Vineyard

Harvest Date

September 24th

Appellation

Russian River Valley

Clones

Old Wente

Age of Vines at Harvest

45 years

Barrel Aging

Aged 12 months in 28% new French oak barrels from Tonnellerie Mercurey followed by six months settling in tank

Production

248 cases of 750mL