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La Rochelle Ferrington Chardonnay 2010
La Rochelle Ferrington Chardonnay 2010
Category: White Wine
Region: California » North Coast » Anderson Valley
Producer: La Rochelle
Alcohol: 14.6%
Not currently available.

La Rochelle

Malo-lactic fermentation and sur lie aging provide a stable environment for the wine, but more importantly from an organoleptic point of view, provide the flavors and aromas of freshly-baked bread as well the richness of texture. In the nose, this Chardonnay has an elegant cohesion to it that is heightened by aromatic notes of orange peel, Gravenstein apple, and perfectly balanced sur lie characteristics. The wine was aged in 100% French oak barrels, 40% of which were new (Billon, Rousseau) for about 14 months. In the mouth, this wine shows a wonderful tension between fruit and acidity. On entry there is a momentum of flavor and structure that is compelling; the wine has a richness that is never ponderous, and an acidity that highlights the elegant fruit, sur lie, and malolactic notes as well as contributing to an extremely long and mineral-laden finish. This acidity also makes this wine a perfect accompaniement to a wide range of food choices.

Wine Enthusiast

Comes down on the austere side of Chardonnay, trading the modern flashy style for a sober, streamlined wine. It's bone dry and bright in acidity, with lemon, lime, honey and mineral flavors, touched with sweet oak. Expensive, but elegant and complex. Will challenge sommeliers to come up with the perfect pairing. Consider shellfish first.

Score: 93. —Steve Heimoff, July 01, 2012.

All sizes are 750mL unless otherwise noted.
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