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Delicate aromas of white flowers with fresh lemon rind and wet stone evolve into a palate of mouthwatering minerality balanced by notes of beeswax and a long, layered finish.
The low yields of 44+ year-old vines result in very concentrated and complex flavors, though more focus does not mean more power. The beauty of the Heritage Selection Chardonnay lies in its subtlety and grace. Delicate aromas of white flowers with fresh lemon rind and wet stone evolve into a palate of mouthwatering minerality balanced by notes of beeswax and a long, layered finish. Still youthful, discover the nuances in this wine by decanting or aging for another five years.
Eight miles north of San Pablo Bay, the Bundschu familys 160+ year-old vineyards wraps around the southwest slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains. The terrain features steep, southwest-facing hillsides of shallow, rocky soils of volcanic ash and alluvial wash. Pervasive maritime breezes and long daylight exposure allow fruit to develop intense concentration while retaining vibrant structure. Two distinct blocks of Merlot have consistently produced top lots with the greatest complexity, concentration and balance. Each vintage, the top five barrels from these lots are selected for this distinctive bottling.
Destemmed, then optically sorted & gravity fed directly to fermentation tanks
5-to-7-day cold soak
Twice daily gentle pump-overs
Indigenous malolactic fermentation
Indigenous yeast strain