2017 Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains
Lemon Zest, Graham Cracker, Gardenia
- Whole-cluster pressed
- 100% barrel fermented using native yeast
- Aged for 11 months in French oak (30% new)
- The lees (yeast cells that settle to the bottom of the barrel) are stirred monthly during fermentation to extract flavor, aroma, and texture
George Troquato, Winemaker
Alejandro Aldama, Cellar Master
Chardonnay is the most widely planted white wine grape in California. When grown in a cool region, such as the Santa Cruz Mountains, Chardonnay grapes result in well-structured wines with great aging potential because the cooler climate enables the grapes to ripen slowly, maintaining acidity and lively flavors of green apple, minerality, and citrus.
Sunny Acres is a cane-pruned vineyard 3 miles from the Pacific Ocean, which consists of 4 acres of heavy clay soils. on heavy clay soils. These complex soils, combined with the cooling maritime influence, produce grapes high in natural acidity that result in well-structured wines with tremendous ageability.
The winter of 2017 brought huge amounts of much-needed rain. With one major heat spike in August, it was an overall warm year that brought a slightly below-average size crop with good intensity and flavor.