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Wayfarer 2015 Wayfarer Vineyard Chardonnay, Fort Ross-Seaview


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New Sonoma Coast releases from Pahlmeyer - limited.

94 Points Antonio Galloni:  "The 2015 Chardonnay Wayfarer Vineyard is rich, powerful and intense. Once again, this is one of the most distinctive Chardonnays being made in California. Candied lemon peel, white flowers, mint and white pepper are all fused together in this deeply expressive, phenolic Chardonnay that captures all the best attributes of this site on the Sonoma Coast."

Cleo Pahlmeyer, daughter of Napa Valley's Jayson Pahlmeyer, came up with the idea of produce a stand-alone brand from the Wayfarer Vineyard on the Sonoma coast in 2012.  According to the St. Helena Star, "then-Pahlmeyer winemaker Helen Turley had called the property the destined 'La Tache of California,' referring to the blessed grand cru in Burgundy."  Pahlmeyer teamed up with winemaker Bibiana González Rave, formerly of Lynmar, on this project. The Star: "Indeed, the 2013 Wayfarer Vineyard Chardonnay has well-integrated oak nuances, with toastiness on the nose that expresses itself more as a complex, rich mouth feel on the palate. Pahlmeyer explained that the medium toast of the barrels used is key to maintaining balanced flavor; a heavier toast is not desired. The 2012 Wayfarer chardonnay ages in 65 percent new French oak

Type: Chardonnay

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