La Follette Los Primeros Chardonnay 2016
La Follette is a Sonoma County winery focused on crafting wines that express specific vineyard sites and appellations, in the tradition of great European estates. With its portfolio of small lot Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, La Follette stands out among its peers. Owners Pete and Terri Kight have had a life-long personal interest in wine, and the nature of grape growing, leading them on a perpetual quest for wines with a sense of place. They own both La Follette and Quivera wineries. Under the leadership of Pete and Terri, La Follette produces distinguished vineyard-designated and appellation Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays that take their voice from the sites in which they are grown. Pete places trust in his experienced team, and allows them to follow their instincts, which we believe has led to the greatest set of new releases ever produced at the estate.
Winemaker Simone Sequeira worked under La Follette's previous winemaker, and has put her own elegant stamp on the style of these wines. Prior to joining La Follette, Simone ran lab operations at another winery in the Russian River Valley. Simone spent 2002 in Burgundy where she had the privilege of working with Pinot Noir from the illustrious Clos de Vougeot vineyard, and in 2006 she worked the harvest in the Mendoza, Argentina. Simone’s breadth of experiences has forged an appreciation for site and the unique interplay that art and science contribute to revealing the purest expression of terroir. Simone has been with La Follette since its inception, and continues to craft wines that give voice to singular terroirs.
Look for stony minerality on the entry of this lovely Chardonnay, leading to subtle hints of cream and white peaches, balanced by a clean, bright finish. Using a judicious use of oak and minimal handling of the wine, has yielded a polished, yet dynamic Chardonnay.
|Region||California, Sonoma County|
Wine EnthusiastThe grapes for this wine come 83% from Sonoma County, the remainder mostly from Monterey, with just 2% from Mendocino. It's made in a quenching style of succulent acidity and nuanced flavors of fig, quince and Meyer lemon, the backbone nicely rich in graham cracker.