Absolutely Eloise Chardonnay
- Case Production: 285 cases
- Vineyards: Ritchie Vineyard, Dutton Ranch Boswell Hill Block, Sebastopol Vineyard and Rued Vineyard
- Cooperage :70% new French Artisan Oak
- Vinification: Picked into small hand lugs, hand sorted, whole cluster pressed, native yeast fermentation, Sur lies with bâtonnage
The first release of our Absolutley Eloise Chardonnay brings to mind our True Course Chardonnay in that it represents a premium selection of our favorite barrels from our various vineyards in the Russian River Valley including a Dutton hillside project planted just for Boswell. Fermented with indigenous yeast and then aged sur lies for seventeen months in 70% new French Oak barrels, this wine displays its character as soon as it hits the glass.
Our Absolutely Eloise Chardonnay took us almost two months to perfect in our blending trials. We used components from four different vineyards in our attempt to capture the right balance of verve and concentration. The first thing you notice is that you can smell the wine while you are pouring it into a glass. It springs to life as scents of orange blossom and pineapple rushes up at you. As you taste the wine it then reveals an almost electric quality on the tongue. It is instantly refreshing, but grows and puts on weight with each sip. It is deceptively powerful and gains structure and impact as it slowly shows you all of her depth and complexity.
Named for our granddaughter Eloise, whose joie de vivre lights up the winery we crafted two wines, a Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, which exhibit her energy and spirit.
It is with the wonderful relationships we have with growers Kent Ritchie and Steve Dutton that we have had the opportunity to increase our production in 2012 and 2013 of small lot wines in our Chardonnay program.
Dutton Ranch Boswell Hill Block Vineyard
The Boswell Hill Block was planted by the Dutton family in 2007 for Chateau Boswell. This steep hillside vineyard located in the famed Green Valley is planted with a Northwest aspect at 4'x7' spacing. The vineyard is planted to a recent Wente clone from the Hyde selection and grafted to 101-14 rootstock. 2009 was the first tiny harvest from this very promising new site.
Dutton Ranch Rued Vineyard
Green Valley Ranch, also known as the Rued Vineyard, has a unique history. The 40 year old vines are the original source of the Rued clone of Chardonnay that is now propagated in various locations. The Rued clone is known for having Muscat flavors when tasted off the vine and wines produced tend to be very floral and intense.
This is the second Chardonnay vineyard Warren Dutton planted. Planting began in 1969 and was completed by 1971 with an Eastern orientation of rows planted in the old style of 8 × 12 spacing on Phylloxera resistant St. George rootstock. 2009 and was the first harvest for Chateau Boswell from this exceptional vineyard.
Dutton Ranch Sebastopol Vineyard
This Russian River Valley vineyard was planted in 1980 with a Robert Young derivative of the old Wente Clone selected for its high fruit tones. Goldridge marine based soils and dry farming account for an expression of minerality in this wine that is unlike any other.
The character of this vineyard is reflected in the beautifully aged gnarled Old Wente clone vines which produce tiny clusters and a low yield per vine resulting in wines with the expression only old vines can deliver. Further lending to the character of the wines from this famed vineyard is the volcanic soil composition of pumice, rock and the Goldridge soils for which the Russian River Valley is most known. In fact this vineyard has numerous soil types within a single block. Kent Ritchie has been farming Chardonnay on his ‘Ritchie Vineyard’ since 1972 and has established long term relationships with some of the most sought after winemakers and vintners in Northern California. The Boswell block comprises 3.2 acres of the Old Wente vines at the top rise of the hill with mostly volcanic and Goldridge soils and very low vine yields. The Russian River Valley climate is defined by its proximity to the ocean, and is bordered by the Russian River and the Mayacamas mountains. Coastal breezes bring cooling fog through the Petaluma wind gap in the morning and evening, balancing the afternoon heat enjoyed in this appellation. This temperature differential creates excellent conditions for our Chardonnays as the fruit is afforded a long growing season, allowing time for optimum fruit maturity.