Exclusively from our fog-shrounded Wildcat Mountain Vineyard, this Chardonnay has weight, substance and complexity. The 2014 vintage was bountiful, producing another wine of great distinction from this unique vineyard.
Vibrant fruit drives this wine with the underlying minerality and lemon ginger known for this vineyard. This wine has weight, substance and complexity. It finishes long with a note of honey which is this wine’s signature. Don’t be shy about laying this down to age.
This vintage produced 46 barrels, 1080 (750 ml) cases.
92 Points, The Tasting Panel
“Toasty and lush nose; rich, dense and generous with elegant fruit flavors and crisp acid structure; long, deep and bright.” —Anthony Dias Blue, February, 2017
90 Points, Wine Enthusiast
“This wine has a voluptuous rich-oak character, complemented by ripe apple and full-bodied concentration. It celebrates a warm, generous vintage in its ability to offer plenty of fruit and acidity, delightfully balanced by a lime chaser.” —Virginie Boone, March 2017
91 Points, Wine Advocate
“The 2014 Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Chardonnay gives notes of ripe apples and pears over hints of baking bread, crushed stones and allspice. The medium-bodied palate gives a good amount of elegant, understated savory and mineral flavors with a silken texture and refreshing finish.” —Lisa Perrotti-Brown, March 1, 2017
92 Points, Wine Review Online
The Wildcat Mountain bottlings always please me – great acid, complex interplay of fruit and winemaking choices, rich texture and crisp finish are there every vintage. The 2014 emphasizes apple, citrus, honey and a spicy note. This is my kind of cocktail white, but it's also a player at the table alongside creamy fish preps. Another winner! — Rich Cook, Dec. 6, 2016
91 Points, Pinot File
Moderately light golden yellow color in the glass. A polished, refreshing wine with clean aromas of lemon, pineapple and brioche leading to flavors of lemon, vanilla and toasty, buttery oak. Easy to drink, with uplifting energy, generous fruit flavors and admirable balance. Score: 91. — Rusty Gaffney, Dec. 1, 2016
The grapes for this Chardonnay came exclusively from our Wildcat Mountain Vineyard, owned by Steve MacRostie and his partners Nancy and Tony Lilly. Here the vines dig into the sparse volcanic soil and stand firm against the strong winds that race in off of the Pacific Ocean most afternoons. This fog-shrouded mountaintop vineyard is a classic Sonoma Coast site, cool and challenging, and produces wines of great distinction.
The 2014 vintage was bountiful and picks were done before the rain. Fruit from three different blocks with three different clones went into this vintage of Wildcat Mountain Chardonnay. Clone 76 and 95 contribute the aromas that are typical of wildcat while the clone 17 brought richness to the mouth feel. The blocks were pick three separate days--September 22nd and September 24th and October 2nd of 2013.
The grapes went directly to press as whole clusters. The resulting juice was cold settled, racked off of its press lees, and moved directly to barrel for a cool fermentation. It was aged in these same French oak barrels for 10 months. The
fermentation lees were stirred several times throughout the aging process. Once malolactic conversion was complete, the wine was left to age. The best barrels from each lot were then selected for the Wildcat Mountain blend. The wine was bottled on August 15, 2015.