The most complex of all our chardonnay vineyards, the 2014 Carneros is wonderfully intriguing with its mix of gun smoke, chalk dust and preserved lemon, fresh fig and brioche aromatics.
The palate is bright, intense and full bodied with grapefruit and a touch of vanilla complementing the savory match stick and mineral characters of the vineyard. The complex and distinct personality of the wine is matched by its great persistence.
We purchased our Carneros vineyard decades ago and have performed some crazy practices over its 40 years of life including at one point re orientating the vineyard 90 degrees by twisting the existing vines and then inter planting with younger vines to fill the gaps and increase the planting density. The vineyard is a combination of vines from 25 to 40 years and of multiple clones and rootstocks. This inherent vine age and complexity have always made great wine hence this vineyard was always the backbone of our unfiltered wine. We have bottled individual bottlings from this site in the past but with the quality of the 2014 vintage and with the very detailed work in the vineyard we have been able to produce an extraordinary wine in 2014 and rightly have bottled just 319 cases as a single vineyard. The drought that has impacted much of California from 2012 continued to keep rainfall levels below 50% of average and maintained growing season heat summation above average for the harvest. The warm and dry conditions promoted excellent quality and when combined with above average yields the potential of the 2014 vintage is outstanding across all varieties. The 2014 Carneros Chardonnay should easily cellar for 10+ years.
September 12 - 18, 2014
The winemaking is classically simple and true to all our Chardonnays. Hand harvested fruit at optimal maturity is whole bunch pressed directly to oak for Natural fermentation of the cloudy juice. The wine once finished fermentation is allowed to complete its secondary Malolactic fermentation combined with regular barrel stirring to maintain the freshness and build aromatic and textural complexity.