"A model of total understatement and class, the 2014 Chardonnay Mays Canyon is striking today. Sweet floral notes meld into orchard fruit and melon in a soft, open-knit Chardonnay build on grace. A long, exceptionally polished finish rounds things out in style." –Mar-17
"The 2014 Chardonnay Mays Canyon exudes savory, baking bread and meaty notes over a core of ripe peaches, grapefruit and coriander seed with a hint of marzipan. Light to medium-bodied, it gives vibrant stone fruit and citrus flavors with yeasty nuances and great freshness, finishing long and creamy. 270 cases were made."
Mays Canyon is home to the Porter Bass Estate. At 200-400 feet elevation, this site is somewhat unique as it is surrounded by the Russian River on three sides. Skirted by redwood trees, they help keep to form a protective barrier that warms the climate of the vineyard. The Hugo gravelly loam soils also help to capture and retain the heat
of the day, offering the vines additional warmth as the fog begins to roll in. Re-planted in 1999, this site has been a vineyard since the late 1800s.
The wine spends 11 months in French oak (25% new) and 5 months in stainless steel before bottling. (185 cs)
Some vintages are very expressive as soon as they finish primary
fermentation in barrel. Others come around more slowly. In the early
months of barrel aging, the 2014 chardonnays had great acidity but that
seemed to dominate everything else. Hence my early tasting notes are
full of comments like “time will tell” or “promising but very linear
now”. In the last few months of aging the 2014 vintage really came
around. The Ph. levels of the 2014s are similar to the 2013s (read
low, which means high acidity) but the total acidities are actually
higher. The last few months of aging prior to bottling have given the
wines time to integrate that acidity and allowed additional aromatic
complexity to develop. The acidity is bold and the finishes are very
long. This should be another vintage which will age very well.