2017 Chardonnay, Pastorale Vineyard
Price $85.00, $68.00 (Phelps Preferred)
Blend and Grape Sources 100% estate-grown Chardonnay from our Pastorale Vineyard.
Appellation Sonoma Coast
Harvest Dates September 16 - October 2, 2017
Aging/Cooperage 13 months in 60% new and 40% once used French oak puncheons
A blend of two Chardonnay blocks from our Pastorale Vineyard with a focus on heritage clone Maro, clone 76, Old Calera, New Calera, Montra and Mt. Eden. Grapes were whole cluster pressed cold and barrel fermented slowly over several months, followed by malolactic fermentation. Barrels were stirred as needed, resulting in a focused, concentrated, richly textured wine.
Winemaker Notes The 2017 Pastorale Vineyard Chardonnay boasts delicate aromas of citrus blossom and gardenias met by Meyer lemon and tangy spices, making for a richly round and vibrant wine with touches of vanilla and toasted brioche in the lingering finish.
Vintage Notes The 2017 Sonoma Coast growing season saw much needed record-breaking winter rainfall which helped replenish our groundwater and the vines. The moderate start to the season helped the vines return to a more traditional mid-March bud break, followed by a normal bloom period and summer growing season. Overall, 2017 was warm due to summer heat spikes and an accelerated ripening just prior to picking. The result was more balanced phenolic development in our Chardonnay.