(From 2012 Vintage) Each of Sonoma County's most prestigious regions for growing Chardonnay offers a remarkably distinct fruit profile. We blended grapes almost evenly from all four of these regions to make our Sonoma County Chardonnay, with 27% coming from the Russian River Valley, 26% coming from Carneros, 24% coming from Alexander Valley, and 23% coming from Sonoma Coast. Grapes from the Sangiacomo vineyard in Carneros—Sonoma County's coolest growing region—added brilliant acidity and bright, pure, mouthwatering flavors of green apple, tangerine, and lemon. Fruit from the Goldfields and Stiling vineyards of the Russian River Valley brought richness, elegance, and fruit flavors leaning toward the tropical, such as peach, apricot, and other stone fruits. In the Alexander Valley, where the days are warmer, Chardonnay from Reedy, Clark, and Hoot Owl Creek vineyards contributed full, ripe orchard fruit flavors of Red Delicious apples and pear followed by a generous mouthfeel.
Our classic Chardonnay comes from Sonoma Countys finest vineyards, including our own Goldfields estate in the Russian River Valley. Partially barrel fermented, all barrel aged in French oak, its a perfect balance of textures and flavors. Secondary malolactic fermentation and a regime of stirring the lees in barrel gives the wine a rich creamy, silky texture. Its fruit flavors are vibrant with notes of citrus, spice and vanilla.