90 points, Gold Medal, L.A. International Wine Competition
Our Santa Clara Valley Chardonnay has historically been sourced from vineyards along the Central Coast. But this 2016 vintage marks the third year since this wine returned home - completely grown on our own Sarah’s Vineyard blocks. Having complete “dirt to bottle” quality control insures this fairly limited release is a special one.
In 2016, the drought continued in full force throughout California. Yields for 2016 everywhere were light but the Chardonnay fruit off our own blocks picked on September 29 showed great intensity and full phenolic ripeness.
Citrus, melons, pear, and wild flowers – our 2016 Santa Clara Valley Chardonnay is a beautiful testament to this historic vineyard. On the nose, melon, pear, honeysuckle, and Meyer lemon are framed by notes of walnut, vanilla and spice. These characters carry over to the palate, where they are joined by bright acidity and a light touch of oak.
Harvest Date: September 29
Total Acidity: 0.61
Cooperage: French oak, 11 months
Bottling Date: August 2017
Production: 459 cases