1995 CUVÉE L
The Sixth of the Stealth Cuvées!
Yes…we have been hiding more things from you!
The sixth release of the secret stealth cuvées is now available.
A special Cuvée Rare bottling of 1995 Chardonnay from Long Vineyards in Dry Creek that has been designated “Cuvée L.”
Cuvée L received "Stealth Cuvee" methods (including two years of sur lies aging and additional bottle development) and is substantially different from the 1993 Cuvee LD Chardonnay (Le Darryl) which was released several years ago.
Less than sixty cases of this very special and limited wine were produced.
Cuvée L was the original designation of the first Long Vineyard Chardonnay that we produced in 1981, and is dedicated to the Long Family:
Jack and his wife Melba, Susan his daughter, Rick his son and Rick’s wife Jackie.
The Longs have produced exceptional expressions of Dry Creek Chardonnay from three distinctive sites since Jack moved to Petaluma in the 1970s, after working at Cal Tech and Hughes Aircraft, and returned to his Missouri farming origins while living in a historical adobe home on Dry Creek Road.
For more information on Long Vineyard Chardonnays, please see the Departures Article by Richard Nalley
This Stealth Cuvée is dedicated to the “Stealthy Society of Kalinites.”
1995 CUVEE L DRY CREEK SONOMA CHARDONNAY
The grape source is Long Vineyards located in the West Dry Creek area of Sonoma County. The vineyard is planted with the Wente clone of Chardonnay, which produces small berries and low yields. The soil structure is clay underlain with shale and sandstone. Long Vineyard is adjacent to the Dry Creek River. The prevailing morning and evening coastal fog pattern insures a long, cool growing season, resulting in grapes possessing superior flavor and varietal definition.
Winemaking and Cellar Practice:
A special selection of grapes were hand picked and sorted, crushed and pressed. The juice was fermented and aged for twenty two months in new French oak barrels. The wine was racked, clarified by bentonite fining, and bottled sur lie in August 1997.
We were first drawn to the Dry Creek area in the late 1970s after tasting a Lambert Bridge Chardonnay made by Ed Samperton that had a striking similarity to “Cru” Puligny-Montrachet. The luxurious concentration, voluptuous texture, and multifaceted aromatic complexity of high-appellation style Puligny Chardonnay are all evident in the 1995 Cuvee L. Stealth Cuvee methods and an exceptional vintage have allowed this wine to transcend the boundaries of what we imagined to be possible with California Chardonnay. The unusually favorable fruit-acid structure of this cool climate site will allow the sustained development of bottle complexity.