Sunset Hills Chardonnay Vertical, 2009-2012
April 1, 2013 § Leave a comment
In honor of the release of our Sunset HIlls VIneyard 2012 Chardonnay, we wanted to taste a short retrospective of our previous four vintages. Particularly of interest to us has been the bottling of Chardonnay from our new vineyard, Shenandoah Springs, and how it’s going to stand and age relative to our first Estate Vineyard.
Sunset Hills Vineyard 2009 Chardonnay (100% Chardonnay, Estate Vineyard #1) – Nice balance of lees and fruit, with large creaminess, nuttyness, and the edges of an oxidized character. This wine was prized at the time for the great acidity we got from the 2009 vintage, and it still shows through. Fading, yes, but still quite interesting.
Sunset Hills Vineyard 2010 Chardonnay (100% Chardonnay, Estate Vineyard #1) – Dense fruit, heavily aromatic, almost a wall of white flower and cream. Full bodied, great thickness and sappiness. Very vibrant.
Sunset Hills Vineyard 2011 Chardonnay (100% Chardonnay, Estate Vineyard #1) – Relatively subdued due to the wet vintage. Herbal, with nice hints of eucalyptus. Very open, with wide spaces and more room, less overt in-your-face qualities of the other vintages. Easy on the back end, clean, crisp, fresh.
Sunset Hills Vineyard “Estate Vineyard #1” 2012 Chardonnay (100% Chardonnay, 100% Estate Vineyard #1 (and now bottled as a vineyard designate)) – Brightly floral, with white flowers, oranges, pears, honey. Very vibrant. Dense mid-palate. Loud, at this point. A powerful wine
Sunset Hills Vineyard 2012 Chardonnay (100% Chardonnay, 100% Shenandoah Springs Vineyard) – Our first bottling from the new vineyard in Woodstock. Very open, floral, with a green acid quality running through the entire wine. Potent aromatics. Great acidity. Leaner and more angular than what we get from Vineyard #1, also more expressive, more acidic, less flowers and more herbs.