From the winery: "In 2002, two generations of our family -- both winemakers by trade -- came together to create BAXTER, highlighting the very best in North Coast viticulture. Father & son partners, Phil L Baxter and Phil T G Baxter, produce handcrafted single vineyard wines focusing on the Anderson Valley and surrounding Mendocino appellations. Known primarily for their Pinot Noir, the pair combine over fifty years of experience, producing wines naturally, applying instinct and using old-world techniques. They craft wines that possess a notable ‘pureness’ of fruit, reflecting the unique identity of each vineyard site."
By: Steve Bearden
K&L Staff Member
Think of this as a slightly richer and leesy-driven version of Chablis with a touch more texture and you have a good idea of what this absolutely delicious Chardonnay has to offer. This stays clean and chiseled but with a terroir-driven focus that plays wonderfully against the richness of the fruit.
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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