This block of Devoto Vineyard is on a west-facing hillside above the town of Sebastopol. The Chardonnay ripens slowly under the full weight of the Pacific Coast influence and produces a remarkably elaborate and elegant wine. We are thrilled to introduce our first single vineyard Chardonnay, named for the Donelan's second granddaughter: Genevieve.
The 2013 Genevieve's block is the beginning of what we hope will be a great partnership between Donelan Family Wines and the Devoto Vineyard. The vineyard performed wonderfully this vintage, a terrific starting point for the Genevieve legacy. Slow maturation and high natural acidity seems to be a hallmark of the vineyard due to the cold winds from the Pacific Ocean; the result is a complex wine and our last Chardonnay pick of the year. A palate of spice-nutmeg, chai, and chamomile perfumes the nose, distinguishing it from most other Chardonnay. With its delayed maturation on the vine, richness and bright acidity create a remarkable and exciting palate.
The 2013 Chardonnay Genevieve's Block, which comes from a west-facing hillside vineyard near Sebastopol, is a more limited cuvée at 346 cases. About 38% new oak was used. The wine tips the scales at 14.5% alcohol. This wine has naturally high acidity, a rather stunning nose of wet rocks, honeyed citrus, peach blossom, with leesy brioche notes, an intense medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, good structure and a hint of tangerine oil. This is a stunner that comes across like a great Corton-Charlemagne from Burgundy.