Back to Chardonnay ~ Peters Vineyard ~ Russian River Valley
Peters Vineyard was our first vineyard designate and we continue to enjoy a close relationship with grower Randy Peters. His decades of experience in the vineyard help us to consistently produce some of our most delicious wines.
Located in Sebastopol on the edge of the Russian River Valley appellation, the vineyard was once an apple orchard. The site benefits from cool ocean air delivered through the Petaluma Gap and cool ocean fog which makes it an ideal location for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The marine influence and well-drained soils result in wines with intense fruit flavors and bright, refreshing acidity.
We have refined our winemaking techniques over time for this compelling Chardonnay site. We pick the grapes by hand when there are fresh primary fruit flavors with plenty of acidity. We press the whole cluster grapes right away into a small holding tank for a night to settle. Once most of the solids have settled, we move the wine from tank to a combination of new and 1-2 year old French oak barrels for fermentation. We inoculate the juice with cultured yeast and let if ferment at relatively cool temperatures until dry. The wine then ages for 12-14 months in barrel.
This Chardonnay is a beautiful straw color with a nose of sweet lemon, subtle tropical notes of coconut and pineapple complemented by toasty vanilla notes. On the palate, clean and complex flavors lead to meyer lemon and apple with notes of toasted coconut. This is a medium bodied Chardonnay that is satisfying with fresh and balanced acidity.