2018 Flood Line Chardonnay

BLEND | 100% Chardonnay

VINEYARDS |Eola Springs Vineyard sits on the gusty side of the appellation, exposed to the coastal winds, but situated low enough on the hill to not be obliterated. These unique Chardonnay vines are the subject of some local folklore - once identified as Mendoza clone, but in fact a massale selection of Wente clonal material from the vineyard’s original planting in 1972.

GROWER/OWNER - Owned by Judy Jordan's Capra Company
SOIL TYPE - Carlton Series, old sedimentary
VINE AGE - Planted in 1984, 35 year old vines
VINEYARD SIZE - The two Chardonnay blocks cover about 2 acres, AVERÆN contracts approximately one third of the blocks.
ASPECT/ELEVATION - Southwest aspect at 400’ elevation

WINEMAKING | Hand harvested on September 24th. Native yeast in 50% new French oak and 50% neutral barrels. 10 months aging in Reymond, Damy and Stockinger barrels. The wine completed malolactic fermentation.

TASTING NOTES | Spicy sandalwood and dried apricot aromas on the nose. A full- bodied Chardonnay with viscous texture and elegant wood tannin structure. Flavors of pit fruits (white peach especially) and marzipan dominate this an incredibly complex and cellar-worthy selection.