- Ferren Chardonnay Silver Eagle 2014 Product #31374 (In Stock)
Matt Courtney spent the past 8 years making Chardonnay and Pinot Noir for Helen Turley and John Wetlaufer at their legendary Marcassin estate where he created a string of 95-100 point wines. Here, he applies what he learned to fruit grown by Ulises Valdez, the diminutive Mexican immigrant who is now one of the greatest Chardonnay farmers in the New World (Peter Michael, Aubert, and DuMol are all clients). And that fruit comes from a great site on the Sonoma Coast/Russian River border and the marvelous 2014 vintage – a year perhaps even better for Chardonnay than 2012 or 2013.
Of course, what you really care about is what’s in your glass. And what you’ll find here is simply breathtaking. Just released, it’s very young and needs a little air to really get started. Then “explosive” is the word: bold aromas and flavors of white peach, yellow pear, nectarine, butterscotch, toasted marshmallow and smoke that fill your glass and coat your palate with outstanding intensity. It’s rich for sure, but there’s enough Granny Smith apple freshness to provide lift and freshness to the palate and the finish that just never wants to quit. If you wish you’d bought Aubert, Peter Michael, Kongsgaard or Kistler’s single-vineyard Chardonnays when you had the chance – before wines became allocated and the retail prices simply silly – then, please, do not miss this wine.