Despite its challenges, 2018 has proven to be quite the excellent vintage for Chardonnay. Our 2018 Unoaked Chardonnay embodies the extensive layers of flavors in a cooler than average vintage. On the nose—cantaloupe, tangerine, Nashi pear, and granite provide an appetizing introduction to flavors on the palate of grilled Meyer lemon, kiwi, and just nearly-ripe pineapple. The wine's voluptuous texture, clean acid, and spicy lemongrass finish round out this wine beautifully.
The Russian River Valley produced yet another spectacular vintage in 2018—showcasing elegant and refined Chardonnays. Moderate weather with cooler temperatures led to a long growing season, allowing grapes to ripen evenly and develop deep characteristics. The season ended with warm days and cooler nights which enabled the grapes to reach their optimal brix and pH. This slow and steady harvest was a nice change from the fast-paced picks of previous vintages.
Our Unoaked Chardonnay grapes were hand-picked in the very early morning. The Russian River Valley's long and cool foggy mornings allow for the vineyard crew to take their time in handling this delicate fruit with great care on its way to tank. The lot was hand-sorted and whole cluster pressed. With no malolactic conversion, and fermented entirely in stainless steel, the intention of this wine is the preservation of the personality of pure Chardonnay.
Food Pairing Notes
Oven-roasted halibut, grilled fish tacos, clam linguini