2015 Chardonnay, Sangiacomo "Roberts Road" Vineyard
Winemaking:Fruit was hand-harvested at night. Clones were kept separate; whole cluster pressed. Native yeast began primary fermentation in an egg-shaped vessel. Primary and partial malolactic were finished in 35% new and neutral French barrels & puncheons over a period of 11 months; 6 months of battonage. Clones were blended after 11 months & finished in stainless steel for 5 additional months. Lightly fined and filtered.
Aromatics:Fresh pineapple, pear and a touch of toasted coconut, Fuji apple, toasted honeyed oats, cucumber, roasted hazelnuts and cashew, orange and lime blossom.
Palate:Rich and round, with fine acidity and long minerality perfectly matched by a creamy, lush mid palate. Lemon-lime zest, with vanilla bean, hints of pineapple, and dried mango finishing with pie crust and fresh pear.
Awards:92 Points, Gold Medal â€“ 2017 North Coast Wine Challenge
Annadel Gap Vineyard