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 (approximately 25% new) and those we used were selected for their transparency and minimal oak impact. After six months in stainless on the light lees, the wine was bottled.
There is a crystalline quality to this wine and a purity to the Chardonnay character. Floral and citrus notes mingle and give you something to ponder. Even more delightful on the palate, creamy, with density, mid palate, juicy make your mouth water acidity, softened by the texture and touch of new oak. This is a vintage that reveals clearly the incredible pedigree of this vineyard. This is a chardonnay that one could easily age for 10-15 years, if one could keep their hands off of it.
”Coming from a site in the Santa Cruz Mountains, the 2018 Chardonnay Howard Family Vineyard is a richer, more medium to full-bodied effort compared to the Coastview release and gives up more orchard and orange blossom fruits as well as some honeyed minerality and integrated oak. Rich, beautifully balanced, and layered on the palate, it's another gem of a wine from this estate.” Jeb Dunnuck. 94 points
Alder Yarrow, JancisRobinson.com. 18/20 Points Antonio Galloni, Vinous. 91 Points Matt Kettman, Wine Enthusiast. 91 Points Tech Sheet