2014 Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains  

A tropical, fruit-like bouquet invites you to experience aromas of pineapple, tangerine, and hints of wet stone. The lush mouthfeel is velvety in texture and reminiscent of citrus, vanilla cream, and toasted hazelnuts. Enjoy the memorable play between crisp acidity and opulent fruit in this lively wine.

Overview

A renowned wine region since the late 1800s, the Santa Cruz Mountains is one of the first AVAs to be defined by geophysical and climatic factors. The east and west boundaries are defined by elevation: down to 800 and 400 feet in the east and west, respectively. The footprint lies mostly within Santa Cruz County, but it extends into parts of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.

In 2014, eighty percent of our Santa Cruz Chardonnay grapes were harvested from Sunny Acres Vineyard. Nestled in a quaint valley dotted with oak and pine trees in the town of Scotts Valley at 400 ft elevation lies the Sunny Acres Vineyard. This four acre cane pruned Chardonnay vineyard was planted in 1985 on 5C rootstock utilizing clone 4 bud wood on a 6 X 12 spacing. Situated four miles from the Pacific Ocean, this site enjoys a cooling effect along with abundant fog making the site perfect for growing grapes with great acidity and depth of flavors. Each morning in the spring, fog gently rolls in completely encompassing the vineyard lasting until early afternoon when the sun finally peaks through.

Skyland Vineyard is a one-acre, dry farmed 1999 planting on Skyland Ridge that lies within sight of Monterey Bay. Twenty percent of the grapes were harvested from here. Steeply terraced, it offers sandy-loam mountain soils and extended periods of sunlight from full southern exposure. The close proximity to the coast induces mild summer days and radical temperature plunges at sunset. These extremities are stressful to the vines, but they payoff in wines with complex aromas, deep flavors, and bright acidity.

Price: $34.00
Members: $23.80-$30.60

Vintage: 2014

Varietal:
Chardonnay

Winemaker: George Troquato

Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountains

Vineyards:
Sunny Acres Vineyard and Skyland Vineyard

Harvest Date(s):
September 2014

Barrel Aging: 11 mo

Cooperage: 100% barrel fermented in French oak barrels (35% new)

Cases Produced: 684

Consume: 5-7 years

Release Date:
May 2016

Varietal Content:
100% Chardonnay

pH: 3.34

Total Acidity:
0.62mg per 100ml

Finished Alcohol: 14.2%