Forman Chardonnay 2020
Save $17.06 (28%)
|Region||California, Napa Valley|
A small quantity of Chardonnay is produced at Forman Vineyard. A passion for a more austere Chablis style wine from this noble grape has been my goal for more than 36 years. Since 1980 the Rutherford Star vineyard in the heart of the Rutherford Bench appellation has been the source of the Forman Vineyard Chardonnay. It has continued to produce consistent quality over the last 20 years. The Chardonnay is whole cluster pressed and exclusively fermented in Burgundy barrels. Left sur-lees for 7 months the wine is only racked once during its 9 months of barrel aging. Malolactic fermentation is intentionally inhibited. The wine emphasizes and develops a minerality which, with age, develops into a very racy and elegant food worthy wine.
Ric Forman's 2020 Chardonnay comes across as short and compact, with limited depth and complexity. There is good up-front intensity, but that falls off pretty quickly on the mid-palate, while the finish is harsh. The challenges of the year were just too many.