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: A pale golden yellow with wonderful clarity. On the nose, it expresses a beautiful varietal purity with delicate lemon meringue notes and hints of crushed flowers that give it an exotic air. It has wonderful body and silky texture on the palate with vibrant acidity to keep it fresh and alive. Tasted blind, one could easily mistake this for a cousin from Burgundy. The tiny amount of new oak that was used is difficult at best to detect. At this early juncture less than six months after bottling, the wine is a bit shy and closed down. If past vintages are any indication, then another 6-12 months will allow this wine to blossom into a more seductive and expressive version of itself. That said, it is absolutely delicious now, however, do not serve it too cold (fridge temp). A serving temperature of around 45 degrees should be just about right.