This Reserve Chardonnay is a brilliant wine with detail and elegance. The nose and palate are full citrus, honey, and peach with secondary notes of brioche, butterscotch, and vanilla and a medium-long, luscious, finish.
The grapes for this Reserve Chardonnay came from the single vineyard, Catapult Ranch on our Sonoma Coast Estate Vineyard. It is located to the East of the town of Petaluma and is called Catapult Vineyard. This vineyard is in a region called “The Petaluma Gap” which is defined as a corridor of cool air that comes from the Pacific Ocean and flows toward the east through the gap in the Sonoma mountain range. It slows grape ripening and cools the area which is ideal for slowly ripening Chardonnay and maintaining acidity.
Fermentation and Aging: The grapes were handpicked and destemmed only. The “rollers” on the crusher-stemmer were pulled back so that the clusters fell directly into the destemmer barrel. This technique limits the breaking up of the berries and skins and minimizes tannin extraction to create a smooth wine. The grapes are then pumped directly to our tank-press where free run and light press wine is then pumped to our settling tanks. The temperature of the juice is dropped to 50 degrees F and settled for two days and then racked to a combination of barrels and stainless steel fermentors. The fermentation temperature is maintained at a low 55-65 degrees for maximum fruit preservation. The wine is stirred on its lees for two and then racked onto French oak for a period of four months. It sees approximately 25% new oak which imparts a delicate vanilla and toast character. The wine went through complete malolactic fermentation.