The wine is comprised of 95% Chardonnay, 3% Viognier and 2% Semillion. Whole cluster pressed and settled for 3 days and then racked off the solids. Cold fermented for 26 days in stainless steel tanks and racked off the lees and aged for 12 months in 3 year old French oak barrels.
The wine has a combination of flavors and aromas of hazelnut, pear, green apple and pineapple with a lingering toasty finish. Nice acidity
This is my take on a Chablis, made with California fruit. It was fermented in neutral oak barrels to give it the roundness and viscosity you expect in a California Chardonnay, without the toasty, oaky flavors. It was aged on the lees for 17 months, with only occasional stirring. It has not gone through malolactic fermentation, so the crispness is more like a Sauvignon Blanc than a Chardonnay.
Our Chardonnay comes from a fog shrouded micro vineyard just 9 miles from the Sonoma Coast, just south of the town of Sebastopol. The Wente clone offers great citrus and floral flavors with a rich mouth and crisp acidity. It’s not oaky and not buttery.