Cattleya 15 Chardonnay “Pratt Vineyard” 96 POINTS

$71.99

 

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The Story: Bibiana González Rave is the founder and winemaker of Cattleya Wines. She is also the wife of star winemaker Jeff Pisonio.  Born and raised in Colombia and trained as a winemaker in France, she moved to California in 2007 to settle into making extraordinary wines.  In her words: “Since my early teenage years, my dream has been to make wine. At a very young age I was fortunate enough to begin learning how to make wine in France. I trained myself while working with some amazing winemakers who showed me the importance of loving the land, how to respect the farming itself, and to focus on the many details that go into making each drop of wine in each and every bottle.”  She also makes the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay for Pahlmeyer and owns the “Shared Notes” wine venture with husband Jeff Pisoni

 

Jeb Dunnuck (formerly Robert Parker) 96 Points: “Bottled in January, but not released until this September, the 2015 Chardonnay Pratt Vineyard is only from clone 15 (which is an old Wente clone) and comes from just four rows in the vineyard. This is a very cool site and one of the last to be harvested. Native fermented and aged in 66% new French oak for 16 months, it has a sensational mix of richness and freshness, with lots of stone fruits, tangerine and green citrus aromas and flavors, beautiful concentration, high acidity and a great finish. Impressive, but unfortunately there’s only 65 cases available.”

 

Winemaker Notes: “French oak barrels—half of which were new—have been tenderly cared for throughout 15 months of aging. The fruit was whole-cluster pressed and the juice was cold-settled overnight for barreling down the next day. The juice sat quietly in the barrel until the fermentation began several days later. By the end of the winter, all  barrels had finished both native fermentation as well as malolactic fermentation. A very gentle racking occurred prior to bottling using argon gas and the wine was bottled in January 2017.”

 

Vineyard Notes: “The Pratt Vineyard is located in the Russian River Valley, a world-renowned AVA in California. The appellation benefits from a coastal influence and a cold climate, both favorable for making outstanding wines from Burgundian varieties. The vineyard is owned and farmed by Jim Pratt. Only four rows of clone 15 were planted and are farmed carefully for Cattleya, to produce the best clusters of Chardonnay grapes. Thanks to the intensity and complexity of fruit produce from this site, the Cattleya Chardonnay reflects the typicity and exceptional quality of white wines we can produce in Sonoma County from this finicky variety.

 

Make sure to check out:

CATTLEYA 2015 “DONUM” PINOT NOIR CARNEROS 95 POINTS

CATTLEYA 2013 SYRAH "SOBERANOS VINEYARD" 95 POINTS


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  • Vintage: 2015
  • Winery: Cattleya