Grapes are hand-harvested and night-picked from a few select vineyards in the Sonoma Coast, Russian River, and Petaluma Gap AVA. Robert Young Clone chardonnay adds minerality and freshness, old Wente Clone planted on the Goldridge soils brings weight and tropical fruits and the early ripening Clone 76 beautiful aromatics and balance.
100% of the wine was fermented in barrel, with full spontaneous malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged in 100% French oak barrels (mostly Damy with some Cavin and Tremeaux), 25% of which were new, with occasional lees stirring. The wine aged for 10 months in barrel before the final blend was assembled.
TASTING NOTES |
2019 was a stellar vintage for Sonoma Chardonnay, where we saw a balanced growing season and a lighter crop with smaller clusters, which lent to concentrated flavors and great acidity. There is an overall sense of freshness and tension with a luscious fruit core. Fresh Meyer lemon custard, white flower, lemon verbena, and stony notes evolve along with some beeswax and marzipan accents. The wine is rich and persistent while remaining taut with salinity.
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