Planted in 1966, the Old Wente selection growing on the top of the hill at Haynes Vineyard continues to produce flavorful grapes that develop into a profound chardonnay that displays an intense presence. Inspired by the Chardonnay of Montrachet this wine is dense, structured, complex, and concentrated coupled with mouthwatering minerality – it is a white wine for red wine drinkers.
About the Vineyard...
In 1966, Pat and Duncan
Haynes planted their vineyard to Martini Pinot Noir and Wente Chardonnay. In
the 47 years that have passed since then, there have been many significant
changes in the science and technology of viticulture. However, not every
supposed advance results in an improvement quality. These old school, widely
spaced, cane pruned vines have found a most perfect balance point as tended by
Fernando Delgado since 1970. He prunes each vine individually, according to its
strength and potential, choosing which canes to keep and how many canes and
shoots that each vine will grow. There is no technological substitute for this
level of knowledge and experience coupled with pure love for the vine and its
About the Vintage...
2012 was a season of
generous weather. Adequate winter rain and soil moisture ensured for a nice
start to the growing season devoid of early frost. Ideal bloom conditions
provided for a uniform fruit set. A summer of consistent temperatures without
notable extremes kept the vines functioning optimally without undue stress.
Late season warmth ensured nice ripe tannin and color development. In summary,
this was a wonderfully cooperative vintage. 140 cases produced.
About the Wine...
Inspired by the classic
and most revered Chardonnay vineyard in the world, Le Montrachet, we utilize
the same classic techniques. It is fermented in tight grained French Oak cask
after a gentle squeeze as whole clusters. The wine is not moved through the
fermentation and aging period, only pushed by inert gas in gentle fashion into
the bottling tank. In vintages where the wine achieves good clarity through
natural settling, the wine is not filtered – otherwise it undergoes a light polish to help
reveal is core of fruit.
A focused nose of baked
apple, lemon meringue with hints of melon, orange blossom, and citrus. The
palate is bright and fresh, and the mouth-feel is richly textured, expansive
and builds through the finish. Crisp apple and ripe pear notes emerge from the
full-bodied mid-palate, accented by tangerine and orange blossom. The finish is
a lengthy and powerful amalgamation of ripe fruit, baking spices and
mouth-filling minerality with a firmly focused finish. The nose continues to
evolve, revealing nuances throughout the finish. This is a Chardonnay worthy of