Charles Ranch Vineyard
The Fort Ross-Seaview Chardonnay bottling is from the rugged 35-year-old Charles Ranch hillside vineyard, with some of the older pre-phylloxera plantings of chardonnay in California. Between 1,100 and 1,200 feet of elevation, the vineyard sits on well-drained, rocky clay soils. These old Sonoma Coast vines yield naturally shy crops that offer incredible depth, density, concentration, and finesse.
In the bowl, aromas of crushed wet gravel and white spring flowers give way to lime and meyer-lemon. On the palate, you will find just-ripe honeydew melon giving way to stone fruits of white peach and nectarine. Bright fresh acidy gives balance, lift, and verve to the rich, full mid-palate that these older coastal vines offer.
Whole cluster • Native fermentation • Aged in neutral French oak barrels • Bottled without fining or filtration • 125 cases released • 12.5% Alcohol