Sourced exclusively from the Martinelli Charles Ranch, three miles in from the Pacific at 1,115-ft elevation, amidst redwoods, bay laurels, and oaks. The vineyard was planted in 1982 by George Charles (Lee Martinelli Jr.’s maternal grandfather).
Harvest Date: Sept 20 & 23-25 Brix: 22.1˚
Soil: The soil is Goldridge and Josephine; Goldridge comes from sandstone and Josephine is from shale.
Clones: Clone 4 and Old Wente
AVA: Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast
Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Fermentation: We press the fruit whole cluster for delicacy. Native-yeast and full native malolactic fermentation take place in barrel, with sur lies bâtonnage.
Aging: After aging 12 months in 10% new French oak barrels (Taransaud Beaune), the Chardonnay was traditionally fined for clarity and texture during the following harvest and bottled without filtration.