Our estate vineyards in Freestone were picked under lights to preserve fruit integrity and freshness before whole cluster pressing cold directly to barrel for fermentation. Barrels were stirred to suspend the lees during malolactic fermentation and the wines were racked once before bottling. The wine was aged 13 months in 35% new and 65% two- to three-year-old French oak puncheons and barrels.
Fragrant orange blossom, citrus peel and ripe green apple scents are a hallmark of this wine. Bright and fresh with firm acidity and balanced minerality, the 2014 Chardonnay is overflowing with Gravenstein apple, vanilla bean and Kaffir lime notes followed by a long lemon crème finish.
The 2014 Sonoma Coast growing season began with dry, mild winter conditions until much needed rain arrived in February and March. Bud break and bloom were again early, as in 2012 and 2013. Consistent temperatures during the summer growing months created ideal ripening conditions for an early harvest. Grapes achieved phenomenal fruit character early and their maturation occurred at a steady, even pace for overall consistency. This created intense and concentrated flavors at harvest.