2016 Chardonnay 'Chuy's Vineyard'
These Chardonnay grapes, grown by longtime viticulturalist Chuy Ordaz, come from a wild hillside vineyard sitting high up at about 1400 feet in elevation on the Sonoma County side of Mt. Veeder. It’s dry and rocky up there, and the vines are 50 years-old, dry-farmed, and planted on St. George rootstock, which both withstands drought and promotes low yields.
The vines have a very low yield - about a ton of fruit per acre, but when these grapes are properly ripened and fermented by native yeast inside French-oak barrels – they produce a wine that is deliciously mineral, rich and loaded with flavor. We exaggerate that flavor a bit by letting it settle naturally for over a year, so we can bottle it unfiltered. Look for a slight deposit over time. Enjoy that deposit when you drink the wine by decanting the bottle before serving. There is very little Chardonnay made in the world with this much flavor and character.
Origin - Sonoma Valley
Vineyard - Chuy’s Vineyard
Barrel program - 40% New French Oak, 60% Used French Oak
Composition - 100% Chardonnay