In 2013, Alex Guarachi purchased the Sun Chase Vineyard – a majestic property perched above the fog line on Sonoma Mountain at 1,400 feet above sea level. Sun Chase gets its name due to the diurnal temperatures and conditions that include morning fog that breaks during the day as the Sun “chases the fog” away throughout the day, for warm, even ripening during the growing season. Sun Chase is located in the Petaluma Wind Gap, a sub-AVA of Sonoma Coast (established 2017) and the only AVA to be designated solely due to wind. The strong coastal winds that flow through the “Petaluma Gap” from the Pacific Ocean, create small clusters of berries with thick skins. Upon crush, this creates a higher skin to juice ratio and results in wines with greater concentration and flavor. While Sun Chase is primarily a Pinot Noir vineyard, there are but a few blocks and acres of outstanding quality Chardonnay. For the past few vintages, these grapes have been sold to select high-end wineries for their luxury Chardonnay wines. Guarachi is proud to introduce its first Estate Bottled Sun Chase Single Vineyard Chardonnay with its 2016 vintage.