Our Chardonnay comes from the Ferrington Vineyard, which was first planted in the late 1960s. It has a gentle south-facing slope, and has decomposed sandstone and clay soils with three to four feet of topsoil. Wineries sharing this site include William Selyem, Copain, Flowers, and Littorai.
We ferment with native yeast in 30% new French oak, 70% neutral French oak. The wine is never stirred, and ages on its fine lees for 12 months before bottling.
The 2013 Chardonnay from this vineyard has beautiful purity and focus. The aromatics give way to white flowers, lemon oil, crushed rocks, and honey is enticing. There is beautiful bright acidity, and envelopes the palate with flavors of peach, apricot skin, pear, quince and citrus. High-toned floral and stone fruit notes add lift on the linear, lengthy finish.
The 2013 Poe Vineyards “Ferrington Vineyard” is really a beautiful bottle of low octane, pure and classy chardonnay. The superb nose delivers a complex mix of delicious apple, white peach, gentle notes of acacia and lemon blossoms, delicate leesy tones, salty soil and a discreet framing of buttery oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, crisp and complex, with a superb core of fruit, bright acids, impeccably focus and grip and a long, vibrant finish. This is really a refined bottle of chardonnay that reminds me a bit of the wines Mike Grgich was making back in his heyday in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. 2015-2020+. 93.” Gilman