The vintage mannequins had style and personality, contrary to their contemporary descendants . But like the mannequins on the label, many of Orin Swift’s Chardonnay vineyards have their own set of unique characteristics—the soil, the rickety old gate or even the dove hunters in the adjacent field.
The most widely planted grape in California, Chardonnay is definitively the Queen of Grapes. This vintage of Mannequin includes new quality vineyards from select AVAs that we are honored to work with for the first time. From the cool Sonoma Coast and the Russian River Valley to the mountains of Atlas Peak and south to the Santa Lucia Highlands, we’ve been able to produce a balanced Chardonnay that is representative of the differing regions in California.
Pale gold in the glass, opulent aromatics of Meyer lemon, vanilla crème, and sweet oak are complemented by subtle notes of jasmine, gardenias and caramel. The layered palate is replete with ripe stone fruit, melon, lemon curd and hints of roasted almond, grapefruit pith and white pepper. The finish is long and rich with a tapering young coconut flavor.
Aged in 35% new French oak sur lie for 8 months