2013 Clones

“Clones” is a barrel-fermented chardonnay with a skin-fermented twist! Our 2013 “Clones” is wild, alluring and sexy. “Clones” is a unique white blend that is based primarily on ten distinct clones of Chardonnay and also includes four other grape varieties. The 2013 version is composed of 58% Chardonnay, 19% Pinot Grigio, 12% Gewurztraminer, 10% Tocai Friulano and 1% Muscat Ottonel. This dry white wine is light gold in color with pronounced aromas and flavors of poached pear, toasted apple, minerals, brown spices, lemon glaze, honey, brioche and white flowers and marcona almonds. Our 2013 “Clones” is medium-bodied, has moderate alcohol, juicy acidity and long, persistent flavorful finish. The wine was fermented and raised in Slovenian and French oak hogsheads and barrels of which only 13% were new and 87% were older and neutral. The majority of the wine was fermented with ambient/wild yeast (save for the Pinot Grigio and Tocai) and went through a “natural” secondary or malo-lactic fermentation. The oak integration (13 months spent in barrel) in our 2013 “Clones” is wonderful and the balance of fruit, acid, alcohol and oak coupled with the finesse and paradoxical texture of rich and round with a precise and angular mouthfeel make this a truly excellent bottle of Chardonnay. The finish is long, complex and persistent. The fruit for the wine was all hand-harvested and the Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Tocai were whole cluster-pressed while a bit of the gewurz, tocai and muscat were fermented on their skins and then blended back into the Chardonnay lot. The juice and wine were handled minimally and the wine was bottled by gravity on October 21st 2014. While irresistible now our 2013 “Clones” will improve for two or three years in the bottle and drink well for at least five years. Pair this tasty white with a roast chicken, smoked trout, crispy skin wild salmon or char, local bluefish, sautéed scallops, local monkish, mushroom risotto or a clam pie. 213 cases produced.