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Spring Release Wester Reach Chardonnay

Winemaker’s Notes

The 2017 Wester Reach Chardonnay combines three singular traits: coastal freshness and vibrancy; Russian River Valley natural richness, density and texture; and subtle elements of Burgundian savory/saline reduction. In essence, a blend of three of our single vineyard Chardonnays, it is a wine that drinks at an equivalent quality level to our lower production wines. 

From the lowest-yielding vintage in twenty years, there’s inherent concentration here, a depth of flavor coming from the vines themselves rather than winemaking artifice. But there’s also a firmness and seriousness that offsets this mid-palate weight and extends its citrus-oil-infused finish. 

The wine has great lines: focused, driven, mineral-laden and pithy, with a level of cool-climate fruit intensity that is very rare. This level of quality and distinctive character is hard to achieve in a larger-production blended wine, but is a testament to our pedigreed vineyards, precise farming, twenty years’ experience, and patient, sensitive craftsmanship.

Drink between 2019 and 2027.

Andy Smith

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Wester Reach Chardonnay  - DuMOL


32% Dutton Ranch Hansen Hill Vineyard

24% DuMOL O’Connell Estate Vineyard

20% Dutton Ranch Jentoft Vineyard

12% Charles Heintz Vineyard

12% Lorenzo Vineyard

Harvest Date

Harvested by hand between September 1st and 20th.


Russian River Valley


Old Wente Selection, Hyde Wente Selection & Clone 4

Age of Vines at Harvest

43 years

Barrel Aging

Barrel fermented and aged 12 months in 30% light/medium toast new French oak followed by three months settling in tank. Complete malolactic fermentation. Sealed with Diam-10 corks for purity and freshness.


3,541 cases of 750mL


92 points Jeb Dunnuck