Wine Maker Notes
The Vendimia Chardonnay is a new wine for us, from a vineyard in the Sonoma Valley AVA, although at an elevation of more than 1200'. The vineyard is on the Sonoma County side of the Mayacamas Mountains, overlooking Glen Ellen. It's 32 acres and is planted to equal amounts of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. The terroir is rugged and rocky, a combination of eerily steep hills and old, dry-farmed, mountain vines set into terraces hewn into the western slope of the mountains a half-century ago. The Chardonnay is 'Shot Wente' selection, vegetatively propagated and planted on St. George rootstock. The Cabernet Sauvignon - the first of which under the Neyers label will come from the 2011 vintage -- is also a vegetative propagation and the budwood source is the old Jack London Vineyard in Glen Ellen. This budwood is believed to have originated at Ch. Haut-Brion, over 100 years ago. It's a beautiful vineyard owned by John Fisher, founder and owner of the Gap Stores. The vineyard has been farmed by Chuy Ordaz for over 30 years. The fruit is intense, producing wines with lots of acid and great texture. We made 100 cases of the 2010 Vendimia Chardonnay, and hope to increase production in the future. The crop level here is barely one ton per acre. The finished wine is richly textured, fruity and complex, with great acid, and a long, exotic finish.