Eric Kent Chardonnay 2017
Lush, immediately approachable and undeniably delicious, Luke’s Grove is often our Chardonnay ambassador for EK newbies and long timers alike. While we continue to fine-tune it in the vineyards and the cellar, it remains a quintessential Russian River Valley illustration of this varietal and our most widely popular since we introduced it way back in 2004.
Kent and Hanna have been especially focused on barrel selections over the last five years, looking for wood that perfectly supports and enhances the fruit.
Now mostly comprised of Stiling Vineyard fruit, we chose to pick this vineyard in several stages to provide both ripeness and natural acidity. A small 4% addition of Fallenleaf Vineyard (new to the blend) lends the Old Wente clone’s custardy bass notes while another 4% of Green Acres Vineyard Hyde clone contributes both texture and verve.