Tor Torchiana Chardonnay 2017
Winemaker’s Tasting Notes :
This is always a favorite among the lineup due to the intensity that the old dry farmed vines provide this wine. The aromatics here are more white flowers, honeysuckle, lemon oil and crystallized ginger. The palate is very rich and full with terrific background acidity. The palate reveals some wet stone, tangerine, and tails off to an amazingly long smooth finish.
|Region||California, Napa Valley, Carneros|
Wine AdvocateThis wine comes from a single three-acre Chardonnay vineyard introduced to Tor Kenward by Larry Hyde in 2008. It belonged to one of Larry Hyde's oldest friends in the Napa Valley, Steve Beresini, and was planted three decades ago with cuttings Larry gave Steve. This is now referred to as "Hyde Selection Wente Clone." Today it produces a minuscule crop, usually between one and two tons per acre, with clusters half the normal size. Primary coopers are Saury and three-year dry aged Francois Frères. The 2017 Chardonnay Beresini Vineyard Cuvee Torchiana opens with lifted lemon, lime and mandarin scents with fresh pears and ginger plus croissant notions. The palate is big, rich, full-bodied, decadent, lively and hedonistic, with spicy and savory layers and a very, very long finish.
Wine SpectatorBig, rich and full of spicy verve, this offers concentrated tropical fruit accents to the apple pastry and peach cobbler flavors. The buttery finish is long and tightly wound. Drink now through 2024.