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2017 Chardonnay
2017 Chardonnay
HMR Estate Vineyard
 
92pts - Vinous
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SKU: CH17HMR-B750
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92 points | Vinous, Antonio Galloni 

Vivid yellow-gold. An exotically perfumed, powerful bouquet evokes pear and peach nectar, vanilla and candied ginger, with a smoky quality building in the glass. Seamless and concentrated, offering intense orchard and pit fruit flavors that are braced by dusty mineral and bitter orange pith qualities. Clings impressively on the mineral-accented finish, leaving hints of toasty lees and fennel behind.

HMR is the abbreviated name of Hoffman Mountain Ranch, the original vineyard planted by Dr. Stanley Hoffman.  This historic property dating from the early 1960’s is devoted exclusively to Burgundian grape varieties, rarely found in Paso Robles. Adelaida purchased the HMR estate in 1994. This choice real estate, planted in a narrow west to east gap of the Santa Lucia mountain range, lies in a uniquely cooler micro-climate, benefiting from the moderating afternoon onshore Pacific air current. Our Miocene era chalk-rock soil leaves a trademark mineral influence. The four acre Chardonnay Block is based on the original 1973 HMR vine material. 

Tasting Notes

Tasting Notes
This complex wine is a unique expression of the vintage, full of sea-spray, ocean salinity, yet expansive in its texture with a surprising beeswax viscosity, delicate white peach fruitiness and finishing hints of almond paste. This year’s effort has the personality of Grand Cru Chablis without the French accent, tangy acidity, liquid stone, citrus blossom extract and an unctuous mineralized finish. Drink now through 2025.

Food Pairings

Winemaker Notes
Fresh Maryland Crab Cakes over Mexican Corn Soup; Cedar Planked Salmon with lemon, garlic and herbs

Vineyard Notes

Vineyard Notes
HMR is the abbreviated name of Hoffman Mountain Ranch, the original vineyard planted by Dr. Stanley Hoffman. This historic property dating from the early 1960’s is devoted exclusively to Burgundian grape varieties, rarely found in Paso Robles. Adelaida purchased the HMR estate in 1994. This choice real estate, planted in a narrow west to east gap of the Santa Lucia mountain range, lies in a uniquely cooler micro-climate, benefiting from the moderating afternoon onshore Pacific air current. Our Miocene era chalk-rock soil leaves a trademark mineral influence. The four acre Chardonnay Block is based on the original 1973 HMR vine material.

Vintage Notes

Vintage Notes
2017

2017 brought a late winter storm track with a warming spring and an early bud break. This was a labor intensive year for the in-house vineyard crew utilizing organic farming protocols. Late summer heat lead to low yields of concentrated small clusters. Night harvested, the fruit was hand sorted, whole-cluster pressed and transferred to s/s tank to allow solids to separate from the pure juice. Moved to neutral oak barrels (30% new) it was fermented with indigenous yeast cultures, continuing through a natural 100% malo-lactic secondary fermentation and further matured for 8 months with occasional battonage. 

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