Folie à Deux Chardonnay 2015
Some of the most globally renowned Chardonnay is made from Russian River
Valley fruit. The grapes for the 2015 Folie à Deux Chardonnay were sourced
from prime vineyards in this acclaimed AVA. Cooling fog from the Pacific Ocean
blankets the Russian River Valley’s vineyards, reducing temperatures by 35 to 40
degrees at night and fostering a long, even growing season.
2015 was a very warm and therefore early year, which meant the grapes were
physiologically ripe at a lower sugar level, resulting in lower than average
alcohol levels. Although the alcohol level is low, the flavors in this Chardonnay
are representative of fully ripe, developed fruit. The Russian River Valley’s wide
range of alluvial soils—composed primarily of gravel, loam and sand—provides
essential water drainage while retaining sufficient moisture and nutrients to
support the vines during the appellation’s long growing season. The grapes in
this Chardonnay ripened slowly on the vine, developing intense varietal flavors,
while retaining a bright and vibrant acidity.
The fruit for this Chardonnay was selected from seven premier vineyards throughout
the Russian River Valley. Following harvest, the grapes were fermented in 28%
stainless steel and 72% oak barrels to maintain bright acidity, add complexity and
showcase the variety’s rich fruit flavors. The wine was then aged in its fermentation
vessels for nearly six months.
The Folie à Deux 2015 Chardonnay is opulent and alluring. Indicative of its coolclimate
origins, this wine has a bright acidity beneath notes of toasted pear strudel,
apple, apricot and vanilla—all framed by a richly textured palate. This wine is
medium-bodied with a memorable crispness. For an excellent pairing, serve the
2015 Folie à Deux Chardonnay with baked salmon topped with herbs of dill and
fresh-squeezed lemon, or try it alongside white mushroom truffle pasta.