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Black Swift Vineyards 2014 ‘Oak Street Vineyard’ Chardonnay

Farmed in a prestigious small vineyard along the new Golden Mile Bench appellation, the aptly named ‘Oak Street’ Vineyard houses one of the best microclimates and terroirs for Chardonnay. Being on the Western Slope, this site gets lots of early day sun which also protects the fruit from the high heat typical of the greater area. Doing so allows for a longer and more careful growing season and is instrumental for optimal ripeness and retention of acidity.

Planted to a range of clones best suited for its site, clones 53, 76 and 96 contribute complexity and harmony into its resulting wine. This piece of land that is predominantly rocky, old alluvial river bed on top of interspersed clay. Varietal correctness shines through in land like this.

Destemmed and hand-sorted at the winery, this wine was aged in new French puncheons for 14 months. High toned aromatics of honeysuckle, orange spice and a subtle hint of vanilla, this leads into our most mineral driven Chardonnay with a strong core of classic stone fruits and echos of fresh tropical fruits nudging in on the edges. Precise acidity is framed by integrated oak highlights.


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‘Oak Street Vineyard is a cool, south-east facing site on the Golden Mile Bench appellation that gathers the warm morning sun and escapes the baking heat of the afternoon. You sense that from the acidity that greets you right off the top, and freshness that continues throughout. The fruit is a mix of clones 53, 76 and 96, adding more complexity to the palate. The wine is aged in new French puncheons for 14 months. The nose is a mix of aromatic pears, orange spice, melon and apples. The palate is similar with more red apple and citrus and a touch of oaky bitterness. Fine elegance here with a dash of smoke. A little more refinement, less new oak and this wine is poised to soar. 89 points– Anthony Gismondi, Gismondi on Wine

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