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 mineral expression of our Gap’s Crown 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 2018 vintage proved to be an excellent one for Sonoma Coast Chardonnay. Tight cluster formations and small berries resulted in wines with a concentration that rivals the best recent vintages. Our 2018 Sangiacomo Vineyard Chardonnay benefited greatly from these conditions, in addition to the careful stewardship of the land by the Sangiacomo family.
We source our 2018 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 a balanced crop in 2018 with high levels of concentration and detailed aromatics. The wine is a tremendous value at $38.
Our second vintage of Chardonnay from the Reuling Vineyard, the highly regarded Montrachet clone of Chardonnay takes center stage. When combined with the exceptional growing conditions of 2018, the finished wine demonstrates balanced acidity and rich flavors of stone fruit and baked lemon.
We sourced grapes from two outstanding vineyard blocks within Durell Vineyard, one of the most sought after sites for premium Chardonnay wines. The 2018 vintage is from 100 percent Old Wente clone that was harvested at night, pressed to extract the highest quality juice, and fermented in French oak barrels to enhance the exceptional character of the vintage.
For our most mineral driven Chardonnay, we source grapes from three distinct blocks of Gap’s Crown Vineyard known for small, dense clusters. The 2018 vintage opens with zesty citrus, flint, and floral aromas that lead into stone fruit flavors. The wine’s smooth, persistent texture will appeal to Francophiles and New World Chardonnay fans alike.