2022 Chardonnay, Sonoma Valley

SONOMA VALLEY
$45.00 per bottle   /   $38.25 club price
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This Sonoma Valley Chardonnay has attractive aromas of Bartlett pears, Golden Delicious apples, yellow peaches, lemon curd, fresh croissant and a touch of orange marmalade. It is vibrant, rich and softly textured with a very long, creamy finish. Its palate provides a full-bodied wine with fresh golden pineapples, nectarines, vanillin, spicebox and a toasted walnut finish. Enjoyable now and through 2032 with proper cellaring.

WINEMAKER NOTES

The Chardonnay clone used for this wine is 100% Wente clone–a long sought-after clone for Chardonnay. After handpicking, the fruit was hand sorted and whole cluster pressed in a gentle Champagne press cycle. The juice was then cold settled and racked to barrels dirty on its heavy lees solids. The Chardonnay then underwent a native yeast barrel fermentation in 100% French oak barrels (35% new and 65% neutral). This wine went through 50% malolactic fermentation to enhance body and mouthfeel. Lees stirring was performed every 3 weeks during its life to also build upon body, texture and structure. Overall, the wine was aged on the lees for 14 months before filtration and bottling.

THE VINTAGE

The 2022 vintage was considered a recovery year for the drought year in 2021, which provided a below average level of rain for the Sonoma Valley AVA. Drought years have typically proven to be excellent quality for wines. The season started off with bud break in early March, leading to a Spring that allowed for a turbulent flowering period that gave high winds, hail, rain and a cold snap. The vines, as a result, provided a low yielding set for the grape clusters. Summer was quite warm and long, leading into an early Autumn harvest season. The consistent summer weather encouraged our Chardonnay grapes to ripen in late August. The fruit was handpicked on August 31st, 2022 at optimal flavors and ripeness.

WINE FACTS

Winemaker: Jason Moulton

Appellation: Sonoma Valley

Blend: 100% Chardonnay

Alcohol: 14.3%