This heritage-clone Chardonnay is sourced from the Upper Barn and Cougar Ridge vineyards at the rugged upper reaches of the Alexander Mountain Estate, between 1,600 and 1,800 feet above sea level. A variation of the Hyde-Wente clone of Chardonnay, the Upper Barn clone thrives at these high elevations and produces exceptional mineral aromatics. Hand-picked and hand-sorted, the fruit is gently pressed and allowed to ferment naturally in barrel with wild yeasts from the vineyard. The lees are then stirred monthly during malolactic fermentation for superior aromatic and textural finesse. After 11 months in 31% new French oak, the wine is racked and bottled.
The 2016 Chardonnay opens with aromas of stargazer lily, lemon curd, brioche and a stony note in the background. On the palate, one finds Asian pear and toast notes, enveloped in a lush mid-palate and a bracing framework of acidity—the mountain’s assurance that the 2016 Legacy Chardonnay will age beautifully for a decade or longer.
95 POINTS Antonio Galloni, Vinous, June 2018
The Legacy Red Blend assembles Bordeaux varietals from superior blocks in the Jimtown vineyard, Legacy vineyard and, Alexander Mountain Estate. Cabernet Sauvignon predominates, with smaller amounts of Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot adding greater aromatic complexity and depth. An uncompromising attention to detail defines this wine, from pruning and leafing decisions to the final blend. Hand-picked at dawn and sorted by hand, the grapes are vinified in small upright fermenters made of French oak. After blending, the wine is aged for 26 months in 60% new French oak barrels before bottling.
The 2014 Red Wine exhibits aromas of cassis, violet, fennel and mocha flood from the glass alongside a faint hint of bay leaf—a nod to the wine’s mountain provenance. Black fruit, graphite and forest botanicals cascade through a powerful textural presence held aloft by chewy tannins. Extraordinarily layered and complex, the 2014 Legacy will reward patience and will age easily for two decades.
94 POINTS Antonio Galloni, Vinous, January 2017