Facts of Note
the coolest parts of the appellation
100% native yeast: low and slow
26% aged in concrete tank. A revelation
The marine influence that follows the Russian River inland from the Pacific coast is a powerful attribute of this region. The fog helps keep nights cool and offers vines a break from daytime temperatures. The famous Chardonnay vineyards that we work with for this wine are from the coolest parts of the Russian River Valley. Here, fruit is allowed to mature a little more gracefully on the vine, which we find offers us more intensely focused flavors and generous natural acidity.
This vintage, we sought more freshness and focus through the use of concrete to age an increased percentage of the finished wine. We feel that this allows certain vineyards to show more of their true character so that the finished wines preserve more of their charm. Every grape hits Hwy 116 to get here.
Nose: Citrus zest, whetstone, flint and intensely aromatic meyer lemon. Spice, lemongrass.
Mouth: Focused and bright acidity fills the palate with rich lemon meringue. Citrus fruits and minerality lend grip and poise.