Nuri Nakamura, a Japanese native, uses the term Sensai to describe his wines: elegant, subtle, nuanced, and detailed. The 2017 Sangiacomo Vineyard is a stunning example of the Chardonnay grape from this cool climate vineyard site. Nuri is a micro negociant that sources excellent fruit from some of Sonoma's best vineyard sites. This Chardonnay would be a Junmai-Ginjo for those that drink a fair amount of sake.
At 14.1% alcohol, this wine is all of that with its perfect balance between fruit, acid, and alcohol. The Sangiacomo vineyard is planted to the Dijon 95, Wente, and Hyde clones. 100% whole cluster is pressed with 100%-barrel fermentation and aged in 25% new French oak for about ten months.
Elegant and refined with aromas of orchard fruits, lime, apple, and white flowers. The palate is powerful yet graceful with flavors of apple, citrus, bay leaf, and minerality, which is typically not seen too much in domestic Chardonnay. The wine develops with air nicely and has lots of dry extract and persistence on the long lingering finish. This would be a great crossover wine for the domestic wine lover looking for a more European styled Chardonnay, or even would satisfy the avid Francophile. Killer juice!