Wine Maker Notes
Crafted from cool-climate fruit grown in the windy and foggy Southeastern reaches of the Sonoma Coast AVA, this distinctly modern Chardonnay with a floral bouquet which hints of Lemon Verbena and green papaya. Bright flavors of citrus, pear and honey-crisp apple play starring roles, while notes of Key Lime and baking spice round out the finish. A touch of French Oak and creamy Malolactic notes add additional texture and complexity. This medium-body Chardonnay is exceptionally well-balanced displaying great food-friendly acidity and a bright, refreshing finish.
Our 2010 Chardonnay is mostly crafted from fruit from of two different Sonoma Coast sub-appellations: Carneros and the Petaluma Gap. Carneros is located north of San Pablo Bay and it includes parts of both Sonoma and Napa counties. The Carneros region covers 90 square miles located along the low lying hills of the Mayacamas range as it descends underneath San Francisco Bay. The soils here are predominately clay and very thin and shallow. The “Petaluma Gap” is located in the southeast corner of the Sonoma Coast AVA, just north of San Pablo Bay. Both regions share very similar climatic patterns... Early-to-mid-morning finds distinc- tively crisp coolness coupled with a blanket of fog. By late morning the sun has chased away the fog and the temperature has risen considerably. Mid-afternoon brings cooling sea-breezes that then give way to a return of the nightly fog. It's the perfect recipe for intense but well-balanced wines.
2010 was maybe one of the most challenging growing seasons in quite some time. The season started with record-breaking low temperatures in the spring, which led to a late budbreak. May brought 20 days of rain (double the historic average), and with many vineyards in the midst of bloom it led to stunted crops and clusters that matured unevenly. Summer was cool, with plenty of fog and cloud cover. In late August, the sun and heat finally arrived with a vengeance. Temperatures sizzled above 100° F for days on end, breaking records around northern California. Yields on all varieties were down, but despite the headaches, winemakers say quality was surprisingly good as long as wineries were aggres- sive with dropping the bad fruit in the vineyards and sorting out the good. The wines overall have good acidity and fine aromatic qualities, reflecting the overall cool season.