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2010 Chardonnay, Classique

2010 Chardonnay, Classique

Our new release of our barrel fermented/aged Chardonnay is a real beauty. A bright, golden wine, it has the nose of honeysuckle and luscious tropical fruit.

$28.00 per Bottle
$336.00 per Case

Wine Profile:

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Vintage 2010
Wine Style Dry White Wine
Varietal Chardonnay
Varietal Composition
100% Chardonnay
Sugar 24 to 24.5
Acid .57
PH 3.3
Alcohol % 14.2
Size 750 ml

Tasting Notes

It’s been said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. When Mark saw the ugly, gnarly Chardonnay vines in a beautifully located Talmage vineyard just north of Ukiah, he knew he’d found the mother lode. Planted in the late 60s, the sturdy wood vines yield small crops of richly flavored grapes, influenced not only by the terroir, but also by the age of the plantings.

And while the vines might be gnarly and old, our 2010 Chardonnay Reserve “Classique” is anything but. A bright, golden wine, it has the nose of honeysuckle and luscious tropical fruit.

On the palate, the wine leads with bright acidity but has a dense core that makes it a total pleasure to drink. A California Chardonnay for sure, but this wine has European sensibilities. If your tastes lean more toward buttery flavors and textures, we suggest you buy buttered popcorn at the movies.

Production Notes

We harvested the Chardonnay grapes early in the morning, finishing by 6:30 a.m. on days when there was no fog. Our objective was to capture the fruit at ultimate freshness with cluster temperature between 40° to 45°F. For maximum extraction of flavors, we slowly crushed the grapes whole cluster at very low pressure, allowed the juice to settle and then transferred it immediately into François Frères French oak (20% new barrels and 80% neutral barrels). We stopped malolacatic fermentation at 50%, retaining a little “bite” and maintaining freshness. It’s perfect to drink it now, but it was crafted in a manner that will allow it to age for several years.

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All Topel wines are lovingly handcrafted by Mark and Donnis, who employ minimalist techniques to transform simple grape juice into world-class wines that are robust, yet balanced and elegant — soulful wines that perfectly reflect the soil and climate of their origin.

“…These enviably pure cabernets are not burdened down with huge tannin and will not whack the taster over his head in terms of power or intensity. Rather, they are beautifully balanced and elegant…”
—Robert Parker, Jr.