2018 Sangiacomo Vineyard
Capturing the richness and beauty that have made the Sangiacomo Vineyard famous, this wine begins with opulent aromas of apricot and honeysuckle that leap from the glass.
"Sourced from two blocks of the renowned Sangiacomo Vineyard, this eloquent white aged in 16% new and 28% one-year-old French oak barrels. Says winemaker Heidi Bridenhagen, “I love how once-filled barrels accentuate the texture of the wine while allowing the more subtle elements to remain vivid and enticing.” Notes of salty lemongrass and Asian pear as well as a delicate, creamy middle of vanilla showcase the wine’s richness and energetic nature. Tangerine sorbet is dotted with fine minerality, accenting the aligned acid structure.
Excellent; highly recommended “Crisp and earthy, with a rocky mineral component that adds grip and grit, this is a high-toned white, with effusive floral aromas and a depth of fruity flavor. Gravenstein apple pear and Meyer lemon characteristics are seasoned in a lengthy dash of nutmeg.”
In order to maximize quality, the harvested grapes went directly to press as whole clusters and were gently pressed. This provides a distinct mouthfeel texture. After settling, the juice was racked to French oak barrels for fermentation and aging, with a modest 16% new French oak, and 28% one-year-old barrels. The wine was aged for ten months before being bottled on August 5, 2019.
Because the 2018 growing season was one of naturally high yields, we worked closely with our grower partners to thin the fruit in order to bring each vineyard into ideal balance. In general, 2018 was a late harvest, and the clusters ripened slowly. Fruit was harvested on two separate days, September 20th for Home Ranch and October 4, 2018 for Catarina.
The grapes for this Chardonnay came from two different blocks of the famed Sangiacomo Vineyard, with the majority of the fruit coming from the acclaimed Home Ranch and the remaining from the Sangiacomo’s equally renowned Catarina Block. For three generations, the Sangiacomo family has been growing grapes in and around the town of Sonoma. Recognized as master winegrowers, their fruit is highly prized for its consistent quality and delicious flavor profiles. We have been proud to work with the Sangiacomo Vineyard since our debut 1987 vintage.
Aged 10 months in French oak, 16% new, 28% one-year-old
Whole cluster pressed then cold settled for 48 hours, then racked into French oak for primary and malolactic fermentation
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