Hirsch Vineyards Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, USA, 2014
Hirsch Vineyards are best-known for their Pinot Noir, but they make a small amount of Chardonnay that is as rare as hen's teeth. Bright, beautifully balanced and amazingly fine, it is a worthy complement to the reds, if you can find it.
- Smoky lemon and mineral aromas; hints of grapefruit and brioche; medium bodied with racy acidity.
- Hirsch have less than four acres of Chardonnay vines, so production is very limited.
- The wine is aged in French oak and no blending or racking is carried out until bottling.
- Delicious now but this could keep very well up to ten years from the vintage.
- Great when paired with white fish dishes, ideally with a buttery sauce.