2009 Mae Chardonnay

Tasting Notes

Plump and rounded, with shimmering golden hues. 100% New French Oak anoints the wine with vanilla bean, banana bread and fluffy yellow cake. For all of its weight, though, the wine handles its complex and saturated middle with pristine grace and amazing balance. It conjures up imagery of a Rubens painting: a nude paunchy woman, pillowy and fleshy, but with ivory skin of vestal flawlessness. She’s sprinkled with nutmeg, and blushes with butterscotch and candied apple. This is serious, serious wine, and with such grace.


  • Vintage2009
  • Varietal100% Chardonnay (Dijon Clone)
  • WinemakerJulien Fayard
  • VineyardMae Vineyard (Martinelli/Frie Road), Russian River Valley
  • Aging100% New 500 Liter Puncheon French Oak, Fermentation in oak 18 months (no malactic or secondary fermentation) total aging in oak 20 months no racking until bottling.
  • BottledMay 2011
  • Alcohol %14.8%
  • Production150 cases

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