Grape(s): 100% Chardonnay
Localization: Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
Tasting Notes: The Anderson Valley Chardonnay is aromatic in the glass, combining fresh citrus and floral elements. The palate is framed by racy acidity, with a richness of fruit and hints of oak-toasted hazelnut and hard spice. Ripe melon, quince, and yellow apple flavors are coupled with mandarin zest, juniper, and thyme. The wine is textured and elegant, exuding the warm, sunny, growing days and cool temperatures of Anderson Valley. Beautiful in its youth, this Chardonnay will age gracefully and improve over the next 5+ years.
The Domain: Brick & Mortar produces single vineyard Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from high-elevation sites in Napa Valley, Sonoma Coast, and Mendocino Ridge AVA. They produce Old old-world-style, balanced wines that are bright and structured with low/moderate alcohol and distinct site characteristics. Owners Matt, Alexis, and Troy Iaconis also specialize in a highly-acclaimed rosé as well as two unique blends of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, both picked the same day from the same two vineyards, comprised of the exact same blend percentage between Pinot Noir and Chardonnay – one as a white wine (Vin Clair) and one as a red wine (Vin Rubis). brick & mortar’s first single vineyard sparkling wine is set to be released in 2019.
The name brick & mortar was founded on the fact the 2011 Pinot Noir would be the foundational wine of the winery. Given that Matt had spent the summer of 2011 in Burgundy, he fell in love with Pinot Noir and the cobblestone towns. When exploring names for the winery, he mentioned that when one goes through difficult times, a strong foundation is needed – and considering the foundation of some of the world’s longest standing buildings is made from many different variations of brick & mortar, the name was a perfect fit.