Wrath Fermata Chardonnay 2014
"Fermata" is Italian for halted. Wrath's Fermata Chardonnay is so named because we utilize lots in which the malolactic fermentation has been halted at about 50 percent. We believe this gives the resulting wine more precision and versatility. Blended with Mt. Eden, Kistler, Wente and Clone 4 from our estate vineyard, the wine ages for 11 months in French oak, 20 percent of which is new. The aromatics here are bright and assertive, characterized by lemon, Meyer lemon and lime. The palate offers mouth-watering acidity with clean citrus, a touch of creamy lemon meringue and a long, pleasant flinty finish.
Wine SpectatorButtery and rich, featuring concentrated flavors of pear, apple compote and baked peach, with tropical notes. A full-bore style that is filled with spiciness. The finish lingers with cream and toasted coconut accents. Drink now through 2022. 446 cases made.
Wine AdvocateThe 2014 Chardonnay Fermata (which is the Italian word for "halted") went through partial malolactic fermentation and was brought up in 20-25% new French oak. It's a big, rich, buttery, medium to full-bodied effort that offers lots of fig, white currants and vanilla bean aromas and flavors. It's not for those looking for unoaked Chablis, but it has a beautiful texture, solid mid-palate depth and delivers serious richness, all while not being over the top or heavy. I'd drink it over the coming 3-4 years, but wouldn't be surprised to see it keep longer.
VinousLight, bright gold. Ripe Meyer lemon, white peach and melon aromas are complimented by fresh jasmine, honey and dusty mineral notes. Smooth and expansive on the palate; poached pear and pit fruit nectar flavors pick up a subtle smoky nuance with air. Shows very good depth and energy and fnishes long, stony and tight; leaving a subtle floral note behind.