This is a fresh interpretation of classic California winemaking--farmed here on the estate in rich Huichica loam, composed over time by volcanic, rhyolitic ash from the nearby Mayacamas range. After a series of trials and experiments in our early years, we eventually decided to age all of our Chardonnay in Sonoma-made concrete tanks, allowed to rest on its heavy lees as long as possible without any oak barrel contact. It all adds up to a powerful, mineral white wine, full of earth tones that expresses our distinctive geological history.
2013 meteorological data: A classically warm and balanced spring with early bud break. Cooler temperatures moving into the fall allowed for extended hang time and complexity without high sugar levels.
soil type: Huichica loam, volcanic tuff
Harvested on August 23, 25, 26 & 30 | 21.5 °Bx | pH 3.20 | TA 8.0 g/L
Bottled on April 21, 2014 | 12.5% alc.