2013 Chardonnay, Heritage Selection

Although we love all our vineyards, a few stand out like a heroic guitar riff in an indie rock song. Our Heritage block of Chardonnay is one of these gems.

Due to the limited availability of this item, the maximum order quantity is 2.

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Tasting NOTES

Everyone has an opinion about the style of Chardonnay, but when you get to work with some of the oldest, most elegant Chardonnay grapes in California, the fruit decides: Sweet lemon curd, toasted oak spices, and fresh linden blossom aromas complement a medium-bodied, creamy palate with a purity of white floral and ripe apricot framed by Meyer lemon, bright acidity and a complex finish of pan-grilled bread and toffee.

Vineyard NOTES

Although we love all our vineyards, a few stand out like a heroic guitar riff in an indie rock song. Our Heritage block of Chardonnay is one of these gems. The terrain of this single vineyard features gently sloping Huichica clay loam soils with gravel deposits and experiences cooler growing conditions, due to its location across from the Petaluma Gap. These features combine to deliver minerality and focused acidity to the resulting wine. Planted in 1970, the vines for our Heritage Chardonnay are some of the oldest in California. Yields are 2.2 tons per acre.

Production NOTES

You've likely heard that "wine is made in the vineyards" and it's true. With grapes as stunning as our Heritage Chardonnay block, this wine makes itself. After gently pressing the whole clusters, nature takes over with native yeast fermentation and we allow zero percent malolactic fermentation to maintain Chardonnay's natural crisp acidity. During fermentation in 50% new French oak, we stirred the lees and must weekly to further develop the wine's complexity.

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Vintage:
2013
Wine Type:
Varietal:
Chardonnay, Heritage Selection
Varietal Composition:
  • 100% Chardonnay
Appellation:
Acid:
TA .60
PH:
3.48
Barrel Aging:
  • French Oak
    50% New
Alcohol %:
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