2014 José S. Ferrer Selection Chardonnay
About the wine
José named Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards to honor his loving wife. In turn, we named our finest Chardonnay to honor José.
The most exceptional blocks from our 335-acre Carneros vineyard are selected each vintage for this bottling. The 2014 José S. Ferrer Chardonnay was produced in limited quantity and is only available through the winery.
The 2014 growing season got off to an early start with budbreak about two weeks earlier than average. A late winter weather system brought in enough rain to supply the vines through bloom, and mild warm spring weather gave us good fruit set.
Mild weather through the growing season without rain events or heat spikes was optimal for the development of the fruit. The early spring brought on an early harvest with average size yields of excellent fruit. This is looking to be an outstanding vintage.
The nose is greeted with intense tropical fruit, pear and pineapple framed by light toast. The fruit continues on into the mouth joined by crisp acidity and peach, and with 9 months in French barrels it leads into a long finish.
What the CRITICS SAY…
The 2014 José S. Ferrer Chardonnay pairs exquisitely with crème based dishes. The bright, citrus flavors and lively acidity in this wine adds a bit of a high note to heavy dishes. Pair with chicken fettuccine, poached salmon with caper butter sauce, Dungeness crab or fresh lobster; also very good with Caesar salad. Great with cheeses like a bold epoisses, a delicate chèvre or aged brie.
More Chardonnay food pairings & recipes on our blog, The Glorious Life.