2017 Estate Chardonnay, Westside Farms, Russian River Valley
Westside Farms, our 75-acre ranch on Westside Road, has been in use as farmland since the middle 1800s. This vintage was sourced from Block 1, which is planted to a Spring Mountain selection. 2017 began with a very wet winter. The summer was mild until a significant heatwave around Labor Day. Afterward, temperatures were warm and steady, allowing winemakers to make picking decisions based on optimal fruit maturity rather than impending weather.
Harvest Date | Brix August 28 | 22.9˚
We whole-cluster press for phenolic delicacy. Native-yeast and full native malolactic fermentations take place in barrel, with sur lies bâtonnage.
After aging 20 months in 20% new François Frères and Taransaud Beaune barrels, this Chardonnay was lightly fined and settled in tank before being bottled without filtration.