Grapelive Wine of the Week
By Kerry Winslow
2008 Morlet Chardonnay “Ma Princesse” Russian River Valley.
Luc Morlet, former head winemaker at Peter Michael, and his wife continue to rise in star power and are producing some of the finest wines in California. His Chardonnays are some of the greatest I’ve tasted and are made from vineyards that are planted to old went clones, that give small berries and intense flavors, while retaining good acidity, making for rich and seamless wines. This plot is close to the famed Ritchie Vineyard and delivers the promise of amazement and glory. This Chardonnay, named for his daughter, is Grand Cru like, in fact I was reminded right away of a perfect and wondrous Batard-Montrachet, but with California terroir and ease. The nose is full of mineral notes, white flowers and has hints of toast and white peach. The palate is full and lush with pear, apple, peach and lemon tart, while in the background and texture are layers of mineral, fig, honeysuckle, kiwi and lovely vanilla oak shadings. The finish is super lengthy and will drawn you back to the glass over and over again, this wine is awesome and Morlet is at the top of his craft. ($109-155 Est.) 97 Points, grapelive