We first made this Chardonnay in 2007 from our breezy vineyard three miles down the road from the Scribe Estate. The dense, black, California clay and slightly cooler Carneros climate tend to delay ripening until late in the harvest season. Robert Young clone grapes are picked by hand, and aged in concrete tanks on heavy lees to add body that balances the fruit’s natural brightness. Malolactic fermentation is arrested, and the wine sees no oak.
2014 meteorological data: Another excellent growing season; temperate and consistent. A mild winter caused early bud break paired with some spring rain. Exceptional fruit set with even ripening and an early harvest.
soil type: Black Wright loam, California clay
Harvested on September 17 | 22 °Bx | pH 3.45 Bottled on March 2, 2015 | 12.5% alc.