Combining beautiful richness and energy, this wine leaps from the glass with tantalizing aromas of Honeycrisp apple, tropical fruit, gardenia, and sweet baking spices. On the lushly textured palate, flowing flavors of kiwi, pineapple, guava, and fresh-baked pie crust emerge carrying the wine to a bright and beautifully balanced finish.
To provide a distinct mouthfeel and texture, the harvested grapes were gently pressed as whole clusters. After settling, the juice was racked into French oak barrels for fermentation. The wine spent its entire life in barrel, where it completed primary and secondary malo-lactic fermentation. The wine was then aged on the lees for 10 months, with occasional stirring to increase richness and body. Aging was in 22% new French oak barrels and 22% once-filled French oak barrels and. This conservative oak regime allowed the natural beauty of the wine to shine while imparting subtle toast and spice. It was bottled on August 2, 2022.
The 2021 vintage delivered a moderate and consistent growing season for most of Sonoma County, leading to a smooth, easily manageable harvest. While the continuation of drought conditions led to slightly reduced yields, the overall quality and concentration of the grapes was exceptional. We harvested the four clones of Chardonnay (72, Mt. Eden, 809, and 95) used for this wine in the cool, evening hours of September 6, 2021, at 24.4º Brix, and September 10, 2021, between 24.5º and 24.8º Brix.
This is our second vintage of Chardonnay from Nightwing Vineyard. The vineyard is named in honor of the indigenous nocturnal birds that keep a watchful eye on the land. Nightwing is also a nod to the original guardian of the property, Vernon Morelli, a former WWII pilot who built a landing strip amidst the vineyard. Located in the Petaluma Gap, our new estate vineyard, perched at 1,200 feet above sea level, basks in cool ocean winds and long, sunny days