From 1984 through 1995 our winery regularly released a Meeker Dry Creek Valley Chardonnay, but then stopped in order to devote all the then available winery space to making Meeker “big reds”. Molly and Charlie have, however, missed the subtle complexity that a Dry Creek Chardonnay made in the “sur lie” style provides, and this led to our making a Dry Creek Chardonnay in 2014. The Dry Creek fruit for this Chardonnay came from the southern, cooler area of Dry Creek. It was picked ripe, crushed, left on the skins overnight, and then racked to neutral French oak barrels for both yeast and malolactic fermentation. After fermentation the barrels were topped full, with the new wine left to age on fermentation lees to add greater complexity.
In the glass, this wine shines with the color of deep yellow straw. On the nose, you’ll find ripe apricot and lemongrass with subtle notes of tropical fruits like mango and pineapple, and a hint of vanilla. On the palate, this round wine has a balanced fleshy fruit character, like apple chutney with the texture of a crème brulee. As was the intention, there is a very subtle touch of oak due to the use of neutral French oak barrels. This wine finishes broad and clean with a touch of vanilla and chamomile.