Full Pull & Friends Chardonnay

Hello friends. Another milestone today for our Full Pull & Friends negociant project: our first white wine.

2011 Full Pull & Friends Chardonnay (FPF-11)

Quick reminder on the difference between Block Wines and FP&F. For Block Wines, we’re actually going out and harvesting contracted fruit from vineyards. For FP&F, we’re purchasing already-vinified barrels of wine from partner wineries.

In this case, it’s barrels of Chardonnay from a familiar partner. I’ve previously called them “winery Alpha,” as they were the first winery we ever worked with on FP&F. They’re responsible for our 2007 and 2008 Cabernets (FPF-1 and FPF-6), as well as our 2007 CVBDX (FPF-4) and 2008 WWBDX (FPF-10). All well-loved wines. All sold out.

You may remember that we no longer republish the full history/availability/explanation of Full Pull & Friends with each of these offers, but we now have a page on our website displaying all that info. Worth noting on that page: our 2012 Merlot Klipsun Vineyard (6% remaining) and 2012 Cab Franc Bacchus Vineyard (9% remaining) are getting dangerously close to sold-out. If you’re interested in those, or any other wines on that still-available list, please respond to this e-mail with the wine and the number of bottles you’re looking for, and we’ll enter those orders manually.

Okay, back to today’s wine. When I tasted samples earlier this year, I was totally seduced by this one. Chardonnay really responds well to barrel and bottle age, as our pals in Burgundy have shown many times over (not to mention library bottles of Eyrie Chard in Oregon). But usually we have to do the ageing ourselves. Getting access to already-maturing Chardonnay is rarer still. So I was excited about that, and then also excited about the quality of the juice, given the price at which we can offer it.

It is all Chardonnay, and while it gets the generic Columbia Valley label, in reality it comes from two vineyards, one of which is a prominent Columbia Gorge vineyard, the other an excellent Chardonnay site in the greater Columbia Valley. It spent just shy of a year in a combination of new and used French oak, went through partial malolactic conversion, and clocks in at 13.5% listed alc. The nose is immediately appealing: apple and lemon fruit, leesy brioche, chalky minerality, and lovely maturing hazelnut notes. Loads of complexity; suggestions of maturity. In the mouth, this has great verve and energy, and the fruit is nicely layered: tree fruit and stone fruit and even a little tropical showing through (mango, pineapple). All of that plush fruit is cut through by a laser beam of citrusy acidity. The whole package suggests a wine in a terrific drinking window. It will be a joy to watch its savory tertiary notes (hazelnut and corncob) evolve from subtleties and gain prominence.

Please limit order requests to 12 bottles, and we’ll do our best to fulfill all requests. The wine is in the warehouse and ready for immediate pickup or shipping during the next temperature-appropriate shipping window.

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