Charles Ranch Vineyard
This rocky, shy-yielding hillside site sits 2 miles from and 1,100 feet above the cold Pacific coastline of Fort Ross-Seaview. Firmly rooted in well-drained, fractured-rock soils, these vines, planted over forty years ago, are some of the oldest pre-phylloxera plantings of chardonnay along the Sonoma coastline. The well-drained hillside soils, cool climate, and exposure yield wines of natural concentration, minerality and depth.
On the nose the wine fills the bowl with fresh white flowers, citrus blossom, tart white nectarine and wet rock. Cool elderflower, lychee and crushed seashells linger. On the palate, lime blossom, lemon pith, and wet rock turn to crunchy peach and tart nectarine. The wine lingers with sea breeze, white flowers and a racy acidity leading into a vibrant, elegant and lengthy finish.
Whole cluster pressed • natively barrel fermented • bottled without fining or filtration • 12.5% Alcohol