10 months in French oak, 20% new
2020 Wrath Fermata Chardonnay
With its rich, layered personality, this all-estate-grown chardonnay reflects Monterey's longer growing season. Grape clusters have approximately 2 months longer on the vine than northern growing areas like Napa/Sonoma which results in flavors of vanilla and pineapple that are enhanced with toast and caramel from being aged in French oak. Because fermentation is halted at the halfway point, acidity is retained and gives this rich wine beautiful energy and balance. The finish displays lingering creme brulee, vanilla, and lemon that pull you back in for another taste.
Our Estate San Saba Vineyard is sheltered in a nook just below the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA, roughly 25 miles southeast of the town of Monterey. Our climate is heavily influenced by the morning fog and afternoon winds from the nearby Pacific Ocean. This is a cool site with little rainfall and one of the longest growing seasons in the world. Our unusual climate allows us to produce ripe, concentrated wines of exceptional balance.
all estate grown; a mix of chardonnay clones: 96, Wente, 17, Kistler and primarily Mt. Eden