Fun fact: Pratt Vineyard is adjacent to Kistler Vineyard in the Russian River Valley. This one gleams with opulent chardonnay fruit and leesy, blossomy aromas that would have us guessing Chassagne-Montrachet in a blind tasting. The Wine Advocate loved its “ripe honeydew melons, poached pears and guava on the nose with touches of allspice and honeysuckle.”
La Pitchoune, meaning “The Little One” in French, is the project of Peter and Tracy Nielsen and their gifted winemaker Andrew Berge, who holds an MS in Agricultural Engineering from UC Davis and is an alum of Chasseur in Sebastapol. Sonoma Coast Chardonnay and Pinot Noir that taste like Grand Cru Burgundy, for a third of the price? Sign us up!
The 2015 Chardonnay Pratt Vineyard opens with ripe honeydew melons, poached pears and guava on the nose with touches of allspice and honeysuckle. The palate is medium-bodied with a satiny texture and great freshness, finishing on a spicy note. 150 cases produced.