An opulent Chardonnay with ripe fruit characteristics and a strong mineral core.
Variety: 100% Chardonnay
Vineyard: Michael Mara Vineyard
Location: Sonoma County, CA
Production: 235 cases
White peach, toasted almond or marshmallow, and ripe pear nose as well as plenty of weight, length and richness. It is not showy, however its incredible opulence is natural, not created in the cellar. It has a distinct core of rock dust, or ground oyster shell, which is the distinguishing characteristic of the vineyard.
Whole-cluster pressed and barrel fermented. The wine went through 100% malolactic fermentation in eight older neutral barrels and two new French oak barrels and aged 18 months.
The Michael Mara Vineyard is at the base of the Sonoma Mountain range. The soil is the result of a cataclysmic landslide that cascaded rocks and volcanic soil down onto one spot of the valley below. Surrounded by normal valley floor loam, the Michael Mara Vineyard is situated on a unique lobe of rocks and red soil.