Chardonnay is a white grape varietal that originated in the Burgundy region of France and is planted in more wine regions than any other grape. Our Chardonnay comes from Oppenlander Vineyard, a cool climate vineyard farmed by fifth generation farmers located in the town of Comptche, just 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean. It is one of only four vineyards planted in this fascinating new area that is ideal for producing Chardonnay with high acid and crisp finish similar to northern Burgundy.
The 2013 harvest season followed the same pattern of excellent quality as the 2012 vintage. Winter brought with itself a vast amount of rain, followed by one of the driest springs and summers in a long time. Harvest commenced about two weeks earlier than average allowing for all grapes to be picked before the arrival of rain. In summary, 2013 was another amazing vintage, providing all elements to make outstanding wines with mature tannins and flavors and aromas that truly show a sense of place.
Gravenstein apple dominates the nose with an undertone melon and jasmine in the background. The mouth shows remarkable minerality with racy acidity that contributes to a crisp finish. This wine is a tribute to Chablis.
Appellation: Mendocino County
Sub AVA: None
Year planted: 1998
Elevation: 250 feet
Orientation: East to west
Soil: Gravelly clay
Yield: 2 tons/acre
Harvest date: October 10, 2013
Fermentation: Whole cluster pressed and stainless steel fermented at 55F to dryness. No malolactic fermentation.
Aging: Aged in neutral French oak for five months with lees contact and stirred
once a month to increase mouthfeel.
TA: 6.9 g/L
Cases produced: 93