The 2017 Attack Chardonnay was aged for 16 months in new French foudres (rather than barriques) and comes in at 13.9% alcohol. Nervy, fresh and elegant on opening, this somehow manages to lift the fruit up past the woody nuances that the winery sometimes likes too much. It's not the most substantial of the offerings this report, but the balance leans to freshness on the finish, which is better here than with most. The finish lingers nicely. The question now will be whether some time in the cellar can help this come together and evolve. It was equally good after another hour of air (and increasing warmth), but it was not really better. Let's be a little conservative just now but come back in a year or two. There's certainly no rush, and it seems poised to age well. There was one foudre produced from this blend of two vineyards, Border Vista (33%) and Jagged Rock vineyard (67%) at 1,115 to 1,247 feet in altitude. There were 148 cases produced.
Score: 94 points -- Mark Squires, The Wine Advocate, 2021