2021 Chardonnay,
Fort Ross-Seaview

$50 / bottle

Minerality and density are indicative of this cool, high-elevation AVA. This viticultural neighborhood hugs the Pacific Ocean, creating wines of startling freshness and liveliness.


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˚ average
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.

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