The 2017 vintage was marked by extreme conditions that reduced crop size, starting with abundant winter rainfall and mild spring weather, which led to vigorous vines. The growing season saw three heat spikes, including one over Labor Day weekend that kicked harvest into high gear.
The hand-harvested grapes were whole-cluster pressed to stainless steel tanks for overnight settling. The juice was then racked to barrels for fermentation by native yeasts and malolactic conversion proceeded naturally during aging, while the lees-stirring contributed to enhanced mouthfeel. After being aged for 14 months in French oak barrels, 25% new oak, barrels were hand-selected to assemble the final blend before being bottled unfiltered.
Our 2015 Hawk Hill Vineyard Chardonnay, a golden hue in the glass, offers alluring aromas of lemon crème, vanilla and a bright dash of Granny Smith apple. Luscious flavors of almond paste and caramel lead to a hint of cinnamon spice upon the finish and are bal-anced with bright acidity and medium body. This well-structured Chardonnay pairs well with mild cheeses or rich seafood dishes.
Our 2014 Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay opens with delicate white flower aromatics mingled with Fuji apple and subtle ginger spice notes. Flavors of ripe peach, nectarine and almond paste are complemented by vanilla oak flavors. Creamy and rich upon the palate, this full bodied Chardonnay offers a defined structure and spreading flavors leading to a delightfully lingering finish.
Our 2015 Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay opens with enticing aromas of Asian Pear and hazelnut with a touch of Meyer lemon. Creamy flavors of Fuji apple with toasted oats and vanilla crème spread across the palate. Well balanced acidity and a long finish make this a delightful pairing with roasted chicken or hard cheeses.
Our 2016 Stubbs Vineyard Chardonnay opens with a bright nose of white peach, nectarines and lime zest. Rich flavors of toasted lemon curd and hazelnut with a hint of soft spice coat the palate. This full-bodied Chardonnay offers a concentrated core and lingering finish, making it a perfect pairing to dishes like layered Paella or chicken alfredo.