2015 Chardonnay The High Wire

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2015 Chardonnay The High Wire
2015 Chardonnay The High Wire
The Wine Advocate - 96 points
Produced from 100% high wire Wente Clones planted in 1977, the 2015 Chardonnay The High Wire delivers intense aromas of lemon peel, yuzu, white peaches and green guava with hints of struck match, crushed almonds, croissant and orange blossoms. Medium-bodied, the palate is wildly intense, filling the mouth with citrus and mineral layers that challenge the quality of anything out of the Côte de Beaune. The finish is especially long.

Standing conspicuously tall above the surrounding stubby little French-style vines in the domaine of the Currents, the High Wire Chardonnay is a magnificent anachronism.  Planted in 1977 to the pre-Prohibition "Wente Clone," on a 1970's trellis (the California Sprawl), the High Wire was long disparaged as the ugly duckling of the vineyard.  It stubbornly resisted all attempts to graft it over or re-train it into submission, and the ugly duckling ultimately grew into the regal long-necked swan that it was meant to be.

The High Wire is part of our new "Beyond the Blocks" series.

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