2012 Campbell Ranch Vineyard Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast
We are thrilled to offer this stunningly complex Chardonnay with depth and concentration. Aromas are refreshing and flinty with hints of green apple and honey suckle. The texture is lush, with medium weight, and exceptional persistence leading to a long finish. Campbell Ranch Vineyard sits a stone’s throw from the Pacific Ocean and benefits from cool coastal wind and foggy mornings that clear to warm afternoons, providing excellent temperature variation between night and day. This weather pattern is ideal for ripening Chardonnay. Fermentation occurred in our chilled wine cellar in French oak barrels with a light touch of 20% new oak to retain freshness.
Campbell Ranch Vineyard is farmed by the renowned grower Ulises Valdez. The Vineyard is located in the remote coastal mountains along the northern Sonoma Coast near Annapolis. Surrounded by redwoods at approximately 750 feet above the Pacific, the salty sea air and ocean breezes are ever present, with thick fog receding each day to present ideal ripening conditions. Old Wente clone Chardonnay planted along the mountain ridge struggles in this harsh environment. Each vine produces only miniscule yields with small berries on loose clusters resulting in a concentrated wine with depth of character.
91 points – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar