2015 Baxter "Oppenlander Vineyard" Mendocino Chardonnay SKU #1349760


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  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    I first tasted this Chardonnay with winemaker Phil Baxter at the Aromatic White Wine Festival in Anderson Valley and was floored by its unique saline minerality and shimmering acidity. Phil makes this wine from just a couple tons of Chardonnay fruit from the Oppenlander vineyard in a remote part of coastal Mendocino. Just eight miles inland from the town of Mendocino, the site is very cool with lots of ocean influence. The vines are planted on their own roots (ungrafted) in a mix of gravelly loam soil. The wine is fermented with native yeast in entirely neutral oak and aged on fine lees. This wine is much more about soil, or terroir-driven nuances than any particular fruit profile; I find it utterly delicious and find new flavors with every visit.


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