Donelan, Genevieve's Block, Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, 2020

Sale price£194.00


Founded by Joe Donelan, who now runs the business alongside his sons Cushing and Tripp, Donelan is a small, boutique Sonoma winery producing Syrah, Grenache, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Roussanne and Viognier. Producing just 8,000 cases per year they prize quality over all other factors. They are becoming known for their exceptionally small-release bottlings of vinous experimentations: clonal varietals, site specific variations and the like. This factor has turned them from being a first-class winery into also being internationally recognised for leading this type of small-batch production.

A distinctively slow fermentation transformed this Sonoma Coast Chardonnay into a beauty, with star anise, chai spice, and crème-brulée aromas on the nose. The 2020 Genevieve’s Block captures the personality of the vineyard perfectly, delivering what has come to be seen as a consistently vivid mouthfeel. Extended hangtime on the vine creates an intensely flavored wine with ample freshness that will lend itself well to extended life in bottle. This wine is like a laser on the palate. It has great length, bright acidity, and notes of high toned orchard fruit, fresh baked brioche bread, and quince.

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