Our 2015 ancillary chardonnay comes from the Sangiacomo green acres vineyard’s “heritage block,” which was planted in 1969 with the Old Wente clone on St. George rootstock. While the entire vineyard benefits from the cooling influence of the Petaluma Gap, the “heritage block” is rooted in an ancient footprint of Copeland Creek, providing alluvial soils with tracks of gravel that prove exceptional for growing premium Chardonnay and allowing us to craft wines with nuanced depth.
Layers of crisp green apple, poached pear, lemon custard and wet stone fill the nose in a kaleidoscope of aromas. The palate has an absolutely charming density of richness and character. light on its feet for a California chardonnay, inviting notes of citrus, crystallized pineapple and natural acidity are matched with a spine of sophisticated minerality. The finish is rich, mouth-filling, fresh and fluid. Delightful with a cheese and dried fruit plate or a light fish dinner, enjoy the freshness of this wine for years to come.
Located 1400 feet above sea level on the western slopes of sonoma mountain, the sun chase vineyard is one of the first to emerge from the daily intrusion of fog in the petaulma gap, allowing it to capture ample sunlight throughout the growing season. This translates into a pure, fruit driven wine with vibrancy and bold character – 2015 was no different, despite yields being significantly lower. Its crimson color is an entry into aromas of dark cherry, scorched earth and graphite. Integrated sweet strawberry jam, plum, barrel spice and hints of lavender flowers meld together to form an opulent and juicy wine. Dark spices lace into a supple and pliant mid-palate, leading to silky yet open knit flowing finish. While this wine is approachable now, a couple years of bottle age will unveil hidden layers, further integration and a myriad of complexities.
The 2015 yields were down significantly for most pinot noir vineyards in Sonoma, and our section of the Sangiacomo Roberts Road vineyard was no different. But what was lacking in quantity was made up in quality, as the wine exudes richness, depth and concentration. Vibrant and dark crimson hues combine with a voluptuous bouquet of red and dark fruits and nuances of crème de cassis. Additionally mulled baking spice, graham and slight rhubarb notes intermingle with dried violets and crushed gravel, flaunting the mineral filled river bed soils for which this vineyard is known. the palate is full bodied with nice density, showcasing an amazing core of pure pinot noir fruit. Framed by gripping tannins, this wine will only become more spectacular over the course of a few years.
In 2015 we were lucky to get a small portion from the desmond vineyard off starr rd in the Russian River Valley – an AVA marked by warm days, cool nights and foggy mornings. The vineyard is an unique interplanted field of Dijon Clones 115, 667 and 777 that is located on a gentle slope of well draining soil. Aromas from this wine are bright and expansive which excudes notes of bing cherry, lavender & pure pinot spiciness. On the palate a broad spectrum of red and dark fruits are intermingled with unique baking spices and earthy tones, a trademark of this great ava. Like all of our pinot noirs from 2015 there is an acidic lift and substantial grip from fine grained tannins that additional cellar time will smooth out. Enjoy in the short term with a decant or cellar 3-6 years.