Winemaker Notes: Bursting with aromatic floral and citrus notes, the 2013 Chardonnay envelopes the senses with honeysuckle, ripe pear, lemon zest and sweet honey. This wine shows beautifully balanced acidity with mouthwatering green apple and tangy Meyer lemon throughout the richly layered palate to the sumptuously viscous finish.
Winemaking Data: The hillside vineyards of our Freestone estate were picked under lights to preserve fruit quality, 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.
Vintage Notes: 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.
Aging/Cooperage: 13 months in 35% new and 65% two- to three-year-old French oak puncheons and barrels.