Our Chardonnay comes from cooler vineyard sites within California’s North Coast appellation. The influence of strong, prevailing marine winds from the San Pablo Bay and through the Petaluma Gap to the west help create a persistent morning fog that helps moderate daytime temperatures, while cool evenings ensure the grapes retain their natural acidity and balance. Shallow soils prevent deep rooting of vines, so the plant’s energy sinks into the fruit, producing concentrated flavors of apple, pear, mineral and spice.
Vintage notes: The 2015 vintage was marked by a warm, dry winter that fostered early bud-break, and consistently mild summer with few late-season heat spikes. Clusters featured small berries boasting bright, intense varietal flavors.
Tasting notes: Aromas of sweet apple, honeysuckle and straw flowers lead into concentrated, complex flavors of yeasty apple, fresh citrus, melon and pear.
TECHNICAL INFORMATION Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Appellation: 100% California North Coast Harvest date: August 29th – September 2nd, 2015
Harvest process: 100% night harvested by hand; whole- cluster pressed to retain freshness
Fermentation: After primary fermentation, 48% of the wine underwent secondary malolactic fermentation to soften the acidity and emphasize varietal aromatics
Barrel aging: 10 months in 32% new French oak barrels pH: 3.35
Total Acidity (TA): 0.72 g/100ml
Bottled: July 7th, 2016