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 12 months in 37% new French oak, the wine is racked and bottled.
The 2015 Legacy Chardonnay shines gold in the glass, with luminous aromas of brioche, chamomile, Asian pear, and gardenia. The silken palate shows a fresh minerality with bright acid and delicate toast aromas alongside a lush mid-palate and a bracing Meyer lemon framework. Fresh, pure, and refined, this wine will continue to evolve in the cellar for many years.
95 POINTS Antonio Galloni, Vinous, January 2018
The Legacy Red Wine assembles Bordeaux varieties from superior blocks in the Jimtown vineyard and Alexander Mountain Estate. Cabernet Sauvignon predominates, with smaller amounts of Cabernet Franc, Malbec, 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 62% new French oak barrels before bottling.
The 2013 Red Wine exhibits a superb balance between richness and structural integrity. On the nose, aromas of cassis, cherry liqueur, wild fennel and cocoa nib flood from the glass alongside a faint hint of bay leaf. The palate delivers a fragrant blueberry and blackberry core supported by sleekly coiled tannins and graceful minerality. Extraordinarily layered, powerful and complex, this wine will age easily for two decades.
95 POINTS Robert M. Parker Jr., The Wine Advocate, October 2015