2015 Wayfarer Estate Chardonay Wayfarer Vineyard Fort Ross Seaview Sonoma CoastChardonnay from United States
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Wayfarer is the manifestation of a remarkable place, masterful winemaking, and the drive to go to extremes to create something truly exceptional. Tucked away in remote ridges ...
- 96+ Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
- 96 Jeb Dunnuck - jebdunnuck.com
- 94 Antonio Galloni - Vinous
96+ Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
"The 2015 Chardonnay Wayfarer Vineyard has an intense nose of pineapple, guava and ginger with honeysuckle, marzipan, cashews and brioche. The medium-bodied palate is incredibly taut for such a gregarious nose with wonderful tension framing the pronounced tropical flavors beautifully, finishing with lingering savory notes and a gorgeous creamy texture. 800 cases were made."
96 Jeb Dunnuck - jebdunnuck.com
"The 2015 Chardonnay Wayfarer Vineyard is flat out gorgeous. Deep, rich and elegant, with melon, citrus rind, brioche and hints of white truffles, this beauty hits the palate with plenty of richness, bright acidity, and a great finish. Coming from goldridge soils, it's a classic, elegant Chardonnay that will be better with another year or two of bottle age and drink nicely for a decade."
94 Antonio Galloni - Vinous
"The 2015 Chardonnay Wayfarer Vineyard is rich, powerful and intense. Once again, this is one of the most distinctive Chardonnays being made in California. Candied lemon peel, white flowers, mint and white pepper are all fused together in this deeply expressive, phenolic Chardonnay that captures all the best attributes of this site on the Sonoma Coast."
Wayfarer is the manifestation of a remarkable place, masterful winemaking, and the drive to go to extremes to create something truly exceptional. Tucked away in remote ridges on the Sonoma Coast, Wayfarer was originally a farm named for the dream of its owners, Dave and Dorothy Davis, to travel the world. The Davises made the farm their home in the 1970s: living off the grid, growing organic produce for Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse restaurant and others, raising livestock and spinning wool. Wayfarer Farm had become a place to learn the land and heal the spirit.
When the Davises listed their farm for sale in 1998, winemaker Helen Turley quickly took notice. Her own vineyard, Marcassin, was just down the road and Helen understood well the extraordinary character of fruit this land could yield. Helen also knew that it was her good friend and fellow vintner Jayson Pahlmeyer who possessed the vision and tenacity needed to transform the rugged landscape into a world-class vineyard.
Helen and her husband, viticulturalist John Wetlaufer, brought Jayson to the farm to survey the site and, for Jayson, it was an epiphany: the cool sea air tempering the brilliant sun, the Goldridge soil casting a dusty glow on the dirt road and the weathered bones of wooden fences marking off the undulating fields – a thick forest of redwoods to the east and fog-blanketed bluffs to the west. Jayson instantly sensed that this secluded place held all the essential elements to produce exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Helen declared it destined to be “the La Tache of California” as Jayson claimed the land for his own.
Wayfarer vineyard was planted by David Abreu in 2002, and in 2005, Jayson started blending Wayfarer Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with fruit from Russian River vineyards and bottling it under the Pahlmeyer moniker. By 2012, the vineyard’s exceptional fruit presented an irrefutable case for a namesake label. With Jayson’s daughter, Cleo Pahlmeyer, leading the charge and Bibiana González Rave lending her talent, Wayfarer is an endeavor of true passion – an experiment that pushes the exactitude of winegrowing and winemaking to the farthest limits." -Winery
96+ - Lisa Perrotti-Brown - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
96 - Jeb Dunnuck - jebdunnuck.com
94 - Antonio Galloni - Vinous
|Taste||apple, pear, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, kiwi, butter, cream and vanilla|
|Nose||apple, pear, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, kiwi, butter, cream and vanilla|