2016 North Coast Wine Challenge
Limited production wines showcasing the uniqueness of Sonoma County.
This vintage, we sourced our fruit from Dutton Ranch, which is located less than ten miles from the Pacific Ocean. It is comprised of more than 75 separate vineyards planted in the coolest areas of the appellation, where fog rolls in every afternoon and lowers the temperature by 30-40 degrees each evening. This climate pattern not only allows the fruit to ripen more slowly and accumulate more flavor concentration, it helps the grapes retain an ideal amount of natural acidity, which is a vital to creating complex Chardonnay
Our grapes are harvested in the early morning hours because cool temperatures ensure that the fruit retains its essential acidity. Our wine was 100% barrel fermented to achieve richness and pronounced oak nuances. To emphasize the wine’s fruit expression over time, the wine was stirred daily in these barrels during the fermentation process. Additionally, 50% of the wine underwent malolactic fermentation to create a lush, creamy mouthfeel.
9 months; 40% new French oak, 60% 1-year-old French oak.