Vineyard and Region Information: The Howard Family Vineyard in Corralitos is a short distance from the Lester Family Vineyard. This cool site just miles from Monterey Bay is perfect for producing a Chardonnay with minimal intervention and great natural acidity. It is a rarity in California vineyards in that it is over 40 years old. The vineyard is farmed by Prudy Foxx (who also farms Lester Family Vineyard) and is planted to the Wente selection of Chardonnay which is known to produce Chardonnays with excellent acidity.
Wine Notes: We barrel fermented with indigenous yeast as is our practice and then racked from barrel to stainless tank at one year. Only two new barrels were used (less than 20% new) and those we used were selected for their transparency and lack of oak impact. After six months in stainless on the light lees, the wine was bottled.
Pale golden color. Beautiful yet delicate aromatics of crushed flowers mingled with lemon meringue and marzipan, hints of butter. Purity and power on the palate. Good acidity propels the fruit and tannins across the palate. This is a wine with some density and texture to it, but without any excess fat or weight you might get from higher ripeness or alcohol. While this wine is approachable now, it is barely a year in bottle since bottling, so expect a rapid evolution towards greater beauty as this wine comes out of the shutdown phase. With combination of acidity, texture and fruit in this wine, expect it to be long lived. 385 cases produced.