The Mountain Estate Vineyard was planted in 1999, with the Chardonnay rooted in steep, rocky soils at 1,300 feet elevation, and planted on the northeast-facing slope. The vines receive cooler morning light and minimal exposure to any hot afternoon sun, which has proven ideal for the gradual ripening and maximum maturation of Chardonnay grapes.
The 2017 Chardonnay Mountain Estate Vineyard is a gorgeous wine that captures all the phenolic intensity that is so typical of this site. Ripe pear, graphite, sage, dried herbs, dried flowers, and chamomile all develop in the glass, but it is the wine’s weight and viscosity that really stand out.
The grapes were harvested in the first two weeks of September and the whole cluster, lightly pressed. After it was moved to barrels, it was allowed to ferment for 16 months in French oak barrels with 45% of them being new. The lees were stirred twice monthly for 14 months then, 434 cases were bottled unfined and unfiltered.