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POE, “Ferrington Vineyard” Chardonnay, Anderson ValleyMendocino County, California 2018 (750mL)

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POE, “Ferrington Vineyard” Chardonnay, Anderson Valley Mendocino County, California 2018 (750mL)

“Great wine can change your life! Samantha Sheehan is living proof, and this wine will change the way you think about California Chardonnay.”

Samantha Sheehan is one gifted winemaker. These days, POE is all about Sam’s single-site bottlings of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir sourced from the Anderson Valley and Manchester Ridge AVA’s. This effort comes from the Ferrington Vineyard, which lies just west of the town of Boonville. Originally planted in the early 1970s, it was one of the first commercial vineyards in the region. The oceanic marine layer draws in at night, blanketing the vineyard with cool air until late the next morning. Ferrington sits on a gentle south-facing slope of sandy loam topsoil which runs a mere 3 feet deep before hitting a thin ripped clay layer sitting on top of Franciscan sandstone bedrock. A roster of big-hitting Pinot producers work with this prized vineyard including Williams Selyem, Flowers, Copain, and Littorai.

Sam claims the 2018 was near perfect—an even-keeled growing season with no heat spikes, big flavors, and gorgeous balance. We concur! The bouquet bursts out of the glass with sweeping notes of white flowers, crushed river rocks, stone fruits, lemon oil, warm honey, and tart quince. A buffed, medium-bodied palate caresses pointed flavors of spiced pear, apricot skin, sea salt, and orange zest. A core of mineral richness laced with an earthy soil note runs throughout the wine, finishing with focus and precision. This is the epitome of “hands-off” winemaking resulting in a wine pulsating with tension and energy. A glorious … one taste of this stunner and your brain might think “Burgundy'' but your soul will shout “California!”

  • CountryUnited States
  • RegionMendocino County, California
  • Sub-RegionAnderson Valley
  • SoilSandy Loam w/ Clay
  • FarmingSustainable
  • BlendChardonnay
  • Alcohol13%
  • OakNeutral French Barrels
  • Temp.Serve at 50-55° F
  • GlasswareBurgundy Stem
  • DrinkingNow-2027+
  • Decanting30 Minutes
  • PairingSalmon Rillettes

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