2009 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
VINEYARD AND WINEMAKING NOTES
We seek out premium grapes from the Sonoma Coast that will produce wines
reminiscent of the most respected wines of Burgundy. Our Chardonnay comes from
premium Sonoma Coast growers, each representing the many micro climates of this vast
appellation. The famed Sonoma Coast soils translate their mineral richness to the wines,
imparting depth of flavor and character. Anabatic winds blow rather persistently
throughout the summer and sunshine is abundant.
This fruit was hand harvested early in the morning to ensure the coldest juice
possible and came into the winery in exceptional condition and was whole cluster
pressed. 60% of the fruit was fermented in stainless steel tanks at 50 degrees without
malolactic fermentation. 40% of our wine was barrel fermented, its lees stirred for 10
weeks post fermentation. Barrel fermented wine went through malolactic fermentation.
This partial malolactic fermentation helps the wine retain its acidity and freshness. The
wine spent 11 months in 100% French oak barrels, 22% of which were new. Our
preferred barrel coopers include Francois Freres, Sirugue, and Taransaud.
Intense aromas of pineapple, limestone minerals, cinnamon, and nutmeg emanate from
this wine. The full-bodied palate is dense with notes of lemon custard and a luscious
vanilla flavor . This Chardonnay also boasts an intriguing mineral quality, which is
what we like about wines produced from the Sonoma Coast. A crisp, clean character
perfectly balances the richness of the fruit, proving a seamless wine of depth. Enjoy now
Varietal: 100% Chardonnay
Clones: Wente, 95, 76
Appellation: Sonoma Coast
Vineyards: Gaps’s Crown and Denmark Vineyards
Harvest Dates/ Brix, pH, TA
9/28-10/6, 23.3-23.7, 3.3-3.55, 5.2-6.4
Fermentation/Aging: Whole Cluster Pressed, 60% Stainless Steel Fermentation
(MLF-), 40% French Oak Fermentation, 22% of these barrels were new. Aged sur lees
for 11 months.
939 cases produced