A small quantity of Chardonnay is also produced at Forman Vineyard. A passion for a more austere Chablis style wine from this noble grape has been my goal for more than 36 years. Since 1980 the Rutherford Star vineyard in the heart of the Rutherford Bench appellation has been the source of the Forman Vineyard Chardonnay. In 1986 this vineyard was purchased and is now co-owned as a partnership. It has continued to produce consistent quality over the last 20 years.
The Chardonnay is whole cluster pressed and exclusively fermented in Burgundy barrels. Left "sur-lees" for 7 months the wine is only racked once during its 9 months of barrel aging. Malolactic fermentation is intentionally inhibited. The wine emphasizes and develops a minerality which, with age, develops into a very racy and elegant food worthy wine.
"The non-malolactic 2008 Chardonnay Estate possesses delicate, crisp, lemon and lime-like fruit intermixed with a hint of honeyed white peaches. Medium-bodied with very good acidity, terrific aromatics, and excellent purity, this cuvee spends plenty of time in barrel, but you would never know that from its purity and absence of woodsy, smoky aromas. It should drink well for several years."
The Wine Advocate
"Restrained aromas of pineapple, citrus fruits and hazelnut, plus a subtle leesy nuance. Tight and firm on the palate, with Chablis-like aromas of pear, apple and flowers. Very dry but ripe, with firm underlying minerality and strong acidity contributing to the pristine quality of this infant. Very firm acidity on the back end. Don't even think about opening a bottle of this for a year or two."
International Wine Cellar