100% French oak; 30% new
2019 Wrath 3 Clone Chardonnay
Expansive and rich, this blend shows off the longer growing environment of our area and how it yields chardonnay with deep, layered flavors. This golden-hued Chardonnay offers aromas evoking pear, apple, and Meyer lemon creme. The palate blends pear, apple, oak, and a hint of butterscotch; followed by a long finish with bright acidity.
Our Estate San Saba Vineyard is set in a sheltered nook just below the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. The estate consists of 72 acres of which 67.75 are planted to Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and Falanghina. This is a cool site with little rainfall and one of the longest growing seasons in the world. Our soils, Arroyo Gravelly Loam and Hanford Gravelly Sandy Loam, provide a low-vigor, well-draining, disease- and pest-free medium for our vines. They also impart a subtle mineral quality to our wines. To preserve our local ecosystem, we have worked with viticultural consultant Steve McIntyre to develop a sustainable farming program (SIP), certified by CCVT, tailored to our estate. In addition to protecting the local environment, we believe it allows us to produce wines that are more authentic and specific to our terroir.
Grapes are hand picked and hand sorted before barrel fermentation. Within each clone lot, certain barrels are inoculated with Montrachet yeast while others undergo native yeast fermentation. Once fermentation is complete, the lots are racked into French oak barrels/35% new, and aged for 10 months. For this vintage, the clones selected are clone 17-36%, clone 96- 32%, and Kistler-32%.