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My winemaking philosophy which I developed early on in my career is based on the concept that wine is a natural food. As such, the ultimate enjoyment of wine is as a graceful and harmonious accompaniment to a meal, whether it be simple or sublime.

While most of my wines are enjoyable by themselves, it is with food that they really shine, and reveal all of their nuances and textures. To me the best wines have the ability to bring out the best in the food they are paired with and conversely the food brings out the best in the wines.

2013 Chardonnay
Fe Ciega Vineyard - Sta. Rita Hills

2013 Chardonnay

Technical Details

100% Chardonnay

Vineyard Sources:
100% Fe Ciega

Production: 66 cases
Alcohol by volume: 13.5%
pH: 3.35
Titratable acidity: 0.72 g/100ml
Cellaring potential: Two to four years
Bottle price: $50

The Premiere Release
We are proud to present our first bottling of Chardonnay from our estate vineyard, Fe Ciega. I planted this small block of less than an acre in 2008. I chose the Mt. Eden clone because of its rarity in our area and also because I've been impressed with wines I've tasted made from this clone.

The Harvest
The grapes were harvested on September 9th with a sugar content of 22.9 Brix and outstanding acidity. This was the third harvest from our young vines, and the first where I felt the quality was good enough to bottle as a vineyard designated wine.

As with all of our Chardonnays, the grapes were whole-cluster pressed, settled for 24 hours, then the juice was racked to French oak barrels, of which just 18% were new. After fermenting in the barrels the wine aged sur lie for 10 months before being bottled in August 2014.

The Wine
The wine has a pale straw gold color with complex aromas of tapioca, brown sugar and vanilla cream. On the palate the wine has flavors of pears and spiced apples. The wine is medium bodied with higher acidity than normally found in California Chardonnay, which gives the wine a long, crisp and complex finish. We're very pleased with the quality of Chardonnay that our estate vineyard has produced and look forward to future vintages as the vines mature.

Food Pairings
This wine will pair well with a wide variety of food, including sea bass, lake trout and chicken dishes.

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