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.
2015 meteorological data: A dry, warm winter encourages an early start to the season, with bud break in mid-February. The rainy spring that followed reduced the yields to small, concentrated berries but August head spikes prompted our earliest harvest yet.
Soil type: Huichica loam, volcanic tuff
22.5 °Bx | pH 3.37
Bottled on March 2, 2015 | 12.5% alc.