2015 Boisseau Chardonnay $36.00
Aroma: Old school reductive struck match aromas with underripe pear and vanilla notes in the background.
Palate: enters with sweet, ripe fruit, then focuses on a bright, clean acidity with some subtle oak tannins.
Food pairing: roasted chicken and any dish with mushrooms.
Vineyard: Boisseau Vineyard is owned and operated by Richard Boisseau. It is located in Front Royal Virginia, in the Shenandoah Valley, about 5 miles west of Linden. The vineyard was planted in 2000. It is vertically shoot positioned. Dijon clones 96 and 76 are planted on a high bluff above the valley floor. Exposure is west. Soils are a deep clay/silt loam.
Vintage: Bud break was slightly late. May was unusually dry and consequentially accelerated growth and flowering. Right around flowering June turned very wet, however pollination and berry set was successful, as temperatures remained warm.
Wet spells continued into July and we were bracing ourselves for a possible negative impact on wine quality. The rains stopped in mid-July, but shoot growth continued into early August which is later than ideal. With a very dry August, vine growth eventually stopped and vines were in fairly good balance going into harvest, but quite vigorous. Warm, dry weather accelerated ripening. Harvest started early at Boisseau Vineyard on September 3, 2015.
Winemaking: Chilled grapes were sorted, pressed, juice settled and then barrel fermented in new French oak. No malolactic fermentation. Aged sur lie in tank for 7 months. 68 cases produced. This wine will improve in the bottle for 2 to 4 years post bottling. 11.9% alcohol.