100% estate-grown Chardonnay from our Freestone Vineyards.
Grapes were picked in the pre-dawn hours under lights to preserve fruit quality, before whole cluster pressing cold directly to barrel for a slow, natural fermentation. Barrels were stirred to suspend the lees during malolactic fermementation and racked once before bottling. This wine was aged 14 months in 35% new and 65% two- to three-year-old French oak puncheons and barrels before bottling in February, 2014.
The 2012 Chardonnay opens with stone fruit, fragrant white flower, crushed rock and lemon zest aromas. Nicely balanced with a creamy texture and lush mouthfeel, the Meyer lemon crème brûlée, apricot and nutty toasted brioche flavors culminate in a long, opulent finish marked by sweet fruit and citrus.
The 2012 Sonoma Coast growing season began with normal winter and early spring rains. The 2012 weather pattern more closely aligned with the 2008 growing season, with bud break and veraison occurring earlier than in 2010 and 2011. Coastal morning fog gave way to warm afternoon sunshine during the important summer months for a long, moderate growing season. Grapes were given ample time for even, full maturity with uniform sugar and acid levels.
2012 produced exceptional quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from our estate vineyards in Freestone. The Chardonnays are richly textured with distinctive minerality and pure finesse on the palate.