"He always has pioneered a non-malolactic, crisp, fresh Chardonnay, and the 2014 Chardonnay may be slightly riper than he normally prefers. For that reason itâÄôs more consumer-friendly, but 100% of it is barrel fermented, thereâÄôs zero malolactic fermentation, and all of it comes from the Starr Vineyard. This wine shows fresh citrus oil, poached pear and lemon blossom in a flowery, medium-bodied, lovely and crisp, fresh, lively style. If you donâÄôt like a lot of oak or a creamier style of Chardonnay, this one is right up your alley âÄì and itâÄôs impressively well put together for its stylistic orientation. -RP"
Only a small quantity of Chardonnay is produced at Forman Vineyard. A passion for a more austere Chablis style wine from this noble grape has been Ric's goal for more than 36 years. Since 1980, the Rutherford Star vineyard in the heart of the Rutherford Bench appellation has been the source of this wine - a benchmark for high-quality Napa Valley Chardonnay.
The Chardonnay is whole cluster pressed and exclusively fermented in Burgundy barrels. Left sur leesÂť for 7 months, the wine is only racked once during its 9 months of barrel aging. Malolactic fermentation is intentionally inhibited. The wine emphasizes and develops a minerality which, with age, develops into a very racy and elegant food-worthy wine.