Our 2012 Chardonnay comes from the Catarina vineyard located in the Carneros Region in Sonoma. This location allowed us to mature the grapes slowly and evenly while maintaining a vibrant acidity. The Robert Young or clone 17 thrives in this area of Sonoma. We partnered with a top grower, Sangiacomo. We work closely with the grower to ensure the highest quality fruit at harvest and we treat the fruit with care to ensure the wine in the bottle is a reflection of the hard work throughout the year. Our goal in the vineyard is to let the natural flavor of the Chardonnay shine, and the acidity in our wines tend toward a northern Chablis style of food friendly high acidity, mouthfeel, and balanced flavors.
We hand pick and sort our fruit to optimize flavor in the vineyard. The grapes are brought to the winery extremely clean, where they undergo a second sorting. They are whole cluster pressed gently, and we keep the press fractions separate. The wine is partially fermented in tank very cool allowing for the natural esters to remain and to retain as much fruit as possible. We finish the wine in barrel and stainless drum allowing for full lees contact and fractional barrel fermentation. The wine is aged on the lees and stirred bi-monthly. We bottle after 8 months aging to retain the freshness and brightness our vineyard offers.
Our 2012 Chardonnay has floral aromas accented by citrus, pear, vanilla, and butter elements. The hint of oak gives this wine structure. This wine has a vibrant acidity leading to a freshness of the palate. The fruit comes through brite, and the flavors of pear, apple, vanilla, and honeysuckle really show the complexity of this wine.
As the stars fade and trails of golden light warm the earth, this Chardonnay is kissed by the sun, like freckles. The wine has hints of vanilla and is luminous on the palate.
- 100% Chardonnay
- 100% Carneros - Sonoma
- Harvest date: October 10th, 2012
- Bottled: August 8th, 2013
- Cases produced: 160
- Alcohol: 14.1 %
- Retail price: $35