We source our grapes for our Un-Oaked Chardonnay from family owned vineyards in Clarksburg, Lodi, and Mendocino County. These regions are well known for their sustainable ethics and Mediterranean climates. Like southern France, these regions can bring out a beautiful ripeness in the grapes, while maintaining fresh acidity.
This lovely Un-Oaked Chardonnay is perfect for all gatherings. It’s refreshingly fruity and light-bodied, with a beautifully transparent, pale yellow color. It has showy fruit aromas of Asian pear and Golden Delicious apple; and, ripe citrus, like key lime and tangerine. With a touch of sweet, this wine is just bursting with lingering flavors of juicy, ripe poached pears. Yet, it is fresh and crisp.
Pair Chardonnay with subtly flavored, simply seasoned poultry and pork dishes. Also goes well with meaty fish (halibut, cod) and shellfish (lobster, shrimp, crab, scallops.)
It was another remarkable vintage for Un-Oaked Chardonnay. A fairly dry winter gave way to a wet early spring, delaying budbreak in the vineyards but providing ample moisture for our 2018 crop. Consistent and mild conditions during bloom and throughout the early growing season, along with a cooler than normal August, led to slow ripening and a late harvest. This long hang-time allowed for full flavor development while retaining bright acidity. Harvest by late September, and fermented only in stainless steel tanks, we crafted a crisp, delicious wine that is very approachable and food friendly.