2020 MACAULEY Bacigalupi Chardonnay, Russian River $48.00
The 2020 Macauley Chardonnay has the kind of festive and fresh feel we strive for in our Chardonnay. The aromatics are a tropical carnival of candied pineapple, lemon yogurt, barrel toast and a hint of vanillin, along with notes of clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and citrus. The palate is rich but restrained. The vineyards around the Russian River will do that for Chardonnay, and with a creative mélange of one-third stainless steel, one-third French oak and one-third concrete, the layers just keep stacking up. We intentionally chose a non-maloactic fermentation process for this vintage to preserve its vibrancy and freshness, and that decision has paid its dividends. This could be a 10-year white, but you could be forgiven for uncorking it immediately.