Heroine 2016 - $25
This is the 7th release of our flagship wine. This wine is 100% chardonnay, all barrel fermented, 50% with champagne yeast and 50% with natural yeast all in neutral French oak, as it has been since our very first vintage. The bulk of the wine this year came from a vineyard in the Russian River called Inspiration. A unique vintage for us, about 5% of the fruit was infected with Botrytis (or noble rot), a mold that concentrates the sugars, which is used in some of the best dessert wines in the world. Make no mistake, this wine is very dry.
We halted malolactic fermentation about half way through to contrast the richness fromthe botrytis fruit. The result is an incredible tension between rich body and high acid, a hallmark we always aim for in this wine.
So what does that all mean? 2016 is one of the brightest and highest acid (and therefore longest aging potential) vintages we have produced. Don't let that scare you off though, because it is also brim