2015 Legacy Elsie's Chardonnay
Complex, Vibrant, Textured, Length
Named after Bill Stoller’s aunt, Elsie’s Chardonnay is delicate with aromatics of preserved lemon, flint, wet stone, Bartlett pear and bee pollen. This wine is elegant with vibrant acidity, texture and length. This blend is considered to be the pinnacle of what our Chardonnay cellar had to offer in 2015. We were very myopic when we blended this wine, carefully taking small increments out of best barrels to create a synergistic blend that was designed for longevity. This wine was blended, put back into two neutral puncheons where it sat on its lees for an extra 6 months to facilitate a rich mouthfeel to complement the bright acidity.
Warm and temperate spring weather prompted an early bud break as well as perfect weather for ideal fruit set, thereby producing larger, luscious clusters with lots of berries. The consistently dry weather and summer sun beautifully ripened the fruit until the end of August when a cold front came in and slowed down the sugar accumulation of the fruit and allowed for a longer hang time on the vine. Consequently, we were able to bring in the fruit as the flavors presented themselves. As a result, the wines are concentrated with complex layers and bright acidity.