2012 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
This elegant wine consists of fruit from four of our cool climate vineyards: Rodgers Creek Vineyard is a hillside site, exposed to extreme wind and cold, that contributes bright citrus aromas and flavors; just downhill, Champlin Creek and Diamond Ranch, both in Carneros, lend structure and backbone to the wine; Green Valley Vineyard on the Russian River offers fresh acidity from morning fog as well as richness acquired from warm afternoon sun.
Vintage & Winemaking
2012 was a warm, gentle growing season, ideal for Chardonnay on the Sonoma Coast. There were no rain events that hampered the harvest and the fruit was able to hang perfectly on the vine until ready to pick. Grapes were harvested at night and in the early morning to preserve fruit freshness and then gently pressed whole-cluster to maximize quality. To develop richness and body, some of the lots were aged on the lees in French oak barrels, with occasional stirring. About two-thirds of the wine underwent malo-lactic fermentation in order to create a round mouthfeel while preserving acidity.
Alison says, “The 2012 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay opens up
with aromas of warm pear compote, honeycrisp apple and a hint of Tahitian vanilla bean. Ripe peach and honeysuckle blossoms mingle with flavors of orange and lemon zest. Throughout, a resonant core of acidity provides the perfect counterpoint to the rich and luxuriant finish.”
Alcohol, 13.5%; pH, 3.59; total acidity, 6.3 g/L; 1,232 cases produced.