The 2017 growing season kicked off with record rainfall, a welcome addition after almost five years of drought. In the early spring the weather began to clear, and the growing season began to look up with sunny and warm conditions. Around flowering, weather conditions started to oscillate between foggy and windy days and unusually hot spikes. This continued into June, where unseasonably hot weather left clusters with small berries and a much lighter crop than predicted. More very hot weather arrived at the end of August and remained for two weeks, causing us to scramble to get the grapes into the winery at ideal ripeness levels. Fortunately, our many farming relationships delivered wonderfully, escaping most of the heat related stresses, delivering perfectly ripe fruit. We started harvest on August 18th with sparkling cuvee and brought our last grapes in on September 27th. When the fires broke out in Napa and Sonoma the night of October 8 we had, fortunately, already picked all our grapes.
TASTING NOTES- The 2017 offering is a collection of true single vineyard quality sites that could all be bottled on their own including; Sanchietti Vineyard, Gap’s Crown Vineyard, Zio Tony Ranch, Dutton Ranch and Durell Vineyard. The wine has inviting aromas of apricot, lemon zest, brown sugar cookie, dried lavender and heavily roasted hazelnut. The palate is mouthwatering, vibrant and fresh with sleek acidity supporting flavorful pulses of spicy pear, green apple, marzipan and orange-clove.
100% Chardonnay fruit
100% Whole cluster pressed
100% indigenous yeast fermentations
Sur lie aged with weekly stirring
100% malo-lactic fermentation in barrel
32% new Burgundian French oak barrels
Sterile filtered at bottling