2015 Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains
Citrus Rind, Salted Caramel, Nutmeg
- Whole-cluster pressed
- 100% barrel fermented with native yeast
- Aged for 11 months in French oak (30% new)
- Barrels are stirred monthly during fermentation
George Troquato, Winemaker
Alejandro Aldama, Cellar Master
Chardonnay is the most widely planted white grape in California. The cool climate of the Santa Cruz Mountains combined with lean mountain soil make the ideal environment for growing intense Chardonnay fruit with great aging potential.
Skyland Vineyard is a one-acre dry farmed vineyard planted in 1999 that lies within sight of Monterey Bay. Steeply terraced, it offers sandy loam mountain soils and extended periods of sunlight from full southern exposure. Sunny Acres Vineyard, a 4-acre, cane pruned vineyard, is nestled in a quaint valley 3 miles from the Pacific Ocean near the town of Scotts Valley.
In early 2015, California experienced 30% more rainfall than in prior years, easing concerns over a possible fourth consecutive drought. Bud break in March was normal, but May was cold and wet, disrupting bloom and reducing crop loads up to 40% in some areas. Despite this, the vintage produced wines that are more structured, ensuring greater ageability.