2016 Norgard Vineyard, Chenin Blanc
Norgard Vineyard is located in the southeastern hills of Ukiah in Mendocino. Tim Norgard is a third-generation farmer who started farming in Ukiah in 1971. His grandfather came to Mendocino in the 1890s. The soils are a beautiful dusty, Pinole gravelly loam. This plot is unique in that the rootstock is historic AxR1. The vines were planted in 1980 and trained to bilateral cordon lying just 690 feet above sea level.
This wine completely won my heart at the end of 2017 after being aged in barrel for 15 months. The decision was made to barrel age the wine on lees as opposed to bottle aging. This helped to bring out an elegant and silky texture and evolve the aromatics. Grapes went to the press whole cluster and fermented and aged in neutral barrels for 18 months. It went through native primary and secondary fermentation, and was bottled unfined and unfiltered with under 20 ppm of total S02. This wine could be consumed tomorrow or in ten plus years to come. Give the Chenin Blanc time to open up in your glass.