The Calling Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
Pale straw, aromas of lemon curd, key lime and pineapple rind. Key lime and lemon meringue flavors mingle with white peach and a pleasing salinity reminiscent of sea spray and oyster shell.
8 months, 100% French oak, 15% new
A vibrant nose with enticing aromas of white peach, white roses and honeysuckle. The crisp acidity on the palate is balanced by bright fruit notes of Gravenstein apple, pear and stone fruit that linger with a refreshing, elegant finish.
Encompassing about 2,000 vineyard acres, the Sonoma Coast AVA stretches from the northern coastline of Sonoma County to the west, encompassing the Russian River Valley and Los Carneros among other sub regions. Much of the region sees strong maritime influence. The Chardonnay grapes benefit from cooling coastal fog that enhances acidity while warmer locations contribute ripe tropical fruit notes.
Grapes were hand-sorted and 100% whole cluster pressed. The wine saw two-thirds malolactic fermentation, then was aged sur lie for 8 months in a combination of new and neutral French oak.
Early 2018 was defined by record setting rainfall aer five years of drought. The abundance of rain pushed the start of the growing season later. During late spring and summer a series of unusual heat spikes accelerated canopy and shoot growth, leaving clusters with smaller berries and lighter weights than normal, all of which was good for the fruit. 2018 produced closer to average yields with similar harvest dates as previous years with overall exceptional quality. All fruit was picked before the Sonoma fires began on October 8th.