Le Pich, Chardonnay, Russian River Valley 2016
Winemaker Julien Fayard has lived in the Napa Valley since 2006, when he and his wife agreed to settle down by “meeting halfway” — between his home in France… and hers in Sonoma. In France, Julien worked in both Provence and Bordeaux, where he defined his core winemaking style at the exalted first growth Château Lafite-Rothschild (he even lived in Lafite’s grand château for a period) as well as at Smith Haut Lafitte. Julien has since worked with some of the finest wines in Napa Valley; Dalle Valle, Lail Vineyards and Gemstone. The 2016 Le Pich Chardonnay is polite yet loaded with aromas and flavors of pear and vanilla. It's more acid driven than the classic, California style Chardonnay so it makes for a great food wine. Le Pich gets its name from a Wappo Indian term meaning “golden eagle.” 14.1% alc. Just 500 cases produced.