WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Chardonnay
  • ALCOHOL
    14.00%
  • SIZE
    750ml

The 2017 Russian River Chardonnay from Wait Cellars is made from 100% hand-picked, hand-sorted fruit from the Inspiration Vineyard along Olivet Road in the Russian River AVA, Sonoma County, California.

This Chardonnay was picked at 22.5 brix to retain lively acids and temper alcohol, in pursuit of a natural expression of the block. The lot was pressed whole cluster to neutral oak barrels, then cool-fermented through winter via resident, wild yeast.

TASTING NOTES 

The result is a graceful, transcendent Russian River Chardonnay: bursting with stone fruit and biscuit aromas, apple and citrus flavors, gently layering over a backbone of crisp, table-friendly acids.

THE STORY TO KNOW

From the winery:

Wait Cellars was founded in 2005 by Bob Wait, a local to San Francisco’s Lower Haight neighborhood and owner of The Page on Divisadero Street in San Francisco. Dumbfounded by the physical beauty of California’s north coast upon arrival from Michigan in 1988, Wait Cellars in some ways represents a way to connect with and consummate an understanding of this unique and gorgeous land.

Wait Cellars’ goal is to produce limited amounts of balanced, serious wine from carefully chosen fruit. We seek cool, gently farmed, low-yield vineyards within a local radius. Much of our fruit currently comes from Devoto Gardens, in Sebastopol, and we are slowly developing our own vineyard in the Roblar Valley area of the Sebastopol Hills.

We follow a non-interventionist, old-world sensibility in the winery: a percentage of whole cluster fruit as the vintage allows, native fermentations, elevage sur lie, a modest oak program, no enzymes, fining or filtration. The result being a profound, transparent expression of the varietal and vineyard on our label: a genuineness and an elegance through simplicity.