The inaugural offering of the Williams Selyem Lewis MacGregor Estate Vineyard Chardonnay is nothing short of outstanding. The wine leads with an explosive nose of yellow apple and […]Read More
|Barrel Description||19% new, 13% 1 yr., 13% 2 yr., 45% 3+ yr.|
|Barrel Aged||17 months|
The inaugural offering of the Williams Selyem Lewis MacGregor Estate Vineyard Chardonnay is nothing short of outstanding. The wine leads with an explosive nose of yellow apple and gardenias, then melds into aromas of poached pear tart. Vanilla, nutmeg, and allspice further compound the nose. Underneath the primary fruits is a secondary note of graphite, typical of old Wente clone Chardonnay. In the mouth, the palate is saturated with lemon oil, white flowers, and waxy fruits. The focused acidity seamlessly integrates with the tremendous weight, and finishes with hazelnut and crushed granite.
Continuing the string of great vintages, 2014 completes the trifecta of extremely high quality growing seasons. The 2014s exhibit a great purity of place, with generous fruit and elegant textures. The 2014 growing season started out as one of the driest winters on record with only 40% of normal rainfall by mid-season. Due to the extremely dry conditions over the winter months, many of the vineyards were irrigated in December and January to ensure the vines had enough moisture, effectively mimicking winter rainfall. It was another early bud break season; almost 14 days earlier than “normal.” When rain in early April finally appeared it helped replenish the soil’s moisture profile to re-invigorate the plants and boost growth. May brought flowering, as expected, and fruit set was bountiful overall for a third straight year. The harvest season was near perfect with warm temperatures, which allowed for a leisurely picking schedule. 2014 was a wonderful growing season that has yielded another fine set of wines that speak of the place. In short, 2014 is another superb vintage of compelling nature and should allow for long-range cellaring for those to choose to age their wines for 7- 10 years.