For our Chardonnay wines, we seek out vineyards with the perfect combination of warm sun and cool winds; sites that develop full flavored fruit while maintaining optimal acidity. From the lively fruit expression of our Sangiacomo Vineyard Chardonnay to the Old Wente clone character of our Durell Vineyard Chardonnay, each finished wine honors its origins with a distinct aroma and flavor profile.
The drought conditions of 2020 resulted in low yields for Chardonnay grapes across the Sonoma Coast. Sangiacomo Vineyard produced small, loose Chardonnay clusters that resulted in greater intensity. The finished wine offers deep aromas and lively acidity. It is fruit forward with flavors of stone fruit, citrus and apple.
We source our 2020 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay from three of the top vineyard sites in Sonoma County – Sangiacomo, Durell, and Gap’s Crown – with the goal of creating a cuvée that showcases the varietal’s exceptional character across the Sonoma Coast appellation. These diverse vineyards produced light crops in 2020 due to drought conditions, with each vineyard offering layers of robust flavors. The wine is a tremendous value at $38.
2020 marks our fourth vintage producing Chardonnay from the famed Reuling Vineyard, located just off Highway 116 between Graton and Forestville. This wine is rich and distinctive. A unique “suitcase” Montrachet clone of Chardonnay takes center stage here and demonstrates balanced acidity and rich, complex flavors in the finished wine.
Durell Vineyard has been the source behind some of the most sought-after Chardonnay wines in California history. Both blocks of 100% Old Wente clone Chardonnay were harvested at night and pressed to extract only the highest quality juice. This 2020 vintage wine is lively and exotic with rich flavors, complexity and focus.
As our most mineral-driven Chardonnay, this wine possesses layers of depth and nuance. We source Chardonnay grapes from three distinct blocks within the vineyard, each providing key elements of the final blend. Clusters are typically small and dense. Zesty aromas of citrus, flint and floral notes lead to flavors of stone fruit. The texture is smooth and persistent.