2021 Vintage Wine Notes:
All chardonnay is whole cluster pressed into French oak (a combination of Francois Freres and Sequin Moreau) with between 25-30 new and the remainder 1-2-3 years old. The barrels are stirred weekly for 1-2 months. The wine is aged 10 months in barrel.
All pinot noir is stainless steel fermented after a 5-7 day cold soak with punchdowns 3 times daily. Whole clusters are employed in only a few tanks at 5%. Barrels are 60% new Francois Freres and the remainder 1 year old. The wine is aged in barrel for 12 months and settled in tank for 2 months.
Also in this release is our 2022 Sauvignon Blanc. This is from purchased fruit from a variety of sites and clones. The fermentation was very slow but steady and continued for well over a month. The result is a fabulous representation of this varietal with vibrant nose and long lingering finish.
Estate Chardonnay: A blend of the original 257 vines along with 3 acres of Davis clone 5 and an acre each of Dijon clone 95 and 76.
Meadows Chardonnay:From our lowest elevation on the vineyard. Produced from 100% Hanzell clone.
Cuvee Alyce Chardonnay: From 100% Wente clone. Located in the middle of our vineyard.
North Slope Pinot Noir: 100% clone 115 from the block furthest north with a south to north facing slope.
Cahill Lane Pinot Noir: A blend of 3 separate acres surrounding the Hansel home. It consists of one acre of
Rochioli Pommard clone, one acre of clone 115 and one acre of clone 114.