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2018 Searby Vineyard Chardonnay

Medium-to-full bodied, yet crisp and dry, crafted from heritage vines planted in 1972. Notes of Bartlett pear, honeysuckle, and lemon zest.

$55.00 750mL
  • 93 Wine Enthusiast rating logo with black text - The Calling Wine
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James MacPhail's Notes

Searby is one of those vineyards that's got everything. It is one of the oldest Chardonnay vineyards in the Russian River, and when Warren Dutton first planted it in 1972, that was unheard of - he was pushing the envelope too far. But out in the vineyard today, the vines are still thriving, it's dry-farmed, very old-school, and makes a wine that is really special. When you drink this wine, you know that you're drinking something different.

James Macphail
Winemaker
Aging
15 months in 100% French Oak (30% new)
Appellation
Russian River Valley
Alcohol
13.4%

Tasting Notes

This full bodied wine has big, fresh aromatics with notes of passion fruit, honeydew melon and Bartlett Pear. The palate thrills with flavors of pineapple, crushed white rose, honeysuckle and pear.

Production Notes

Hand-picked fruit from the 49-year-old Searby Vineyard was barrel-fermented with native yeasts followed by 100% malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged sur lie for 15 months in French oak before aging in bottle for two years prior to release.

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Searby Vineyard

Originally planted in 1972 by industry pioneer Warren Dutton, Searby Vineyard is home to some of Sonoma County’s oldest and most coveted Chardonnay vines. These nearly 50-year-old vines in the Green Valley sub-region of the Russian River Valley AVA are dry-farmed and head-trained, producing small lots of intensely aromatic Chardonnay.

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Bottle of 2017 Searby Chardonnay on table with glass of wine beside it on table.