Wine Maker Notes
Gently hand harvested, the grapes were whole cluster pressed. This wine was two-thirds barrel fermented with sur lees stirring and aging and partially stainless steel fermented to achieve a nuanced balance of fruit and barrel character. Half of this wine has undergone a secondary malolactic fermentation to enhance its buttery creaminess.
Our Chardonnay vineyards span the entire cool climate Carneros region. Temperatures are moderated by the adjoining San Pablo Bay, cool afternoon breezes and persistent morning fog. This climate yields grapes that have both enough cool hang time and sunshine to develop great depth of flavor with great natural acid. In response to our late wet spring, we made an extra vineyard pass, hand removing excess fruit zone leaves. This assured that our fruit would get full benefit of both our plentiful sun and wind, drying the grapes quickly and hastening full ripening.
Alcohol content, 14.3% by volume16,162 cases produced