2021 Estate Chardonnay
Our Estate Chardonnay is a blend of several different clonal selections, which naturally creates a great diversity of flavor and nuance, and are from vines grown in a mixture of lighter clay and diatomaceous soils. These oceanic plankton fossils (diatoms) provide a fascinating mineral and saline thread to the wine while also creating a hostile growing environment for the vines. When you add these growing challenges to our north-facing vines that also receive less sunlight, you create ideal conditions for growing and producing exceptional Chardonnay. Our unique, “refrigerated-sunlight” climate results in beautiful wines that display a citrus freshness and richer flavor akin to something more decadent like a mix of Meyer Lemon, Yuzu and Lemon oil. During vinification, we approach the wine with a conservative yet strategic use of new French oak and no lees-stirring. Combined together, our precision farming and cellar techniques produce magical white wines that are profound, thought-provoking, age-worthy (7+ years), minerally, and food-friendly. 100% native yeast. Barrel fermented and aged in 25% new French oak puncheons for 16 months and then elevaged in larger custom Foudre (581-gallons or 8 times the size of a normal barrel). Full ML and no bâtonnage. 424 cases. 13.2% alcohol.