The Chardonnay grape was introduced to the School House vineyard in 1968 when Fred McCrea of Stony Hill vineyard provided budwood for John O. Gantner, who planted it in long terraces on a steeper part of the vineyard; this budwood was originally propagated from the Wente "small berry" Chardonnay clone.
Winemaking Notes This year's Chardonnay is an excellent example of our wine-- elegant, clean, and distinct from most California Chardonnays. The wine was fermented in seasoned French oak barrels, and aged (sur lie) for 10 months and stirred weekly. It was then racked off the lees and returned to barrel for an additional 8 months. 164 cases were produced
Tasting Notes This wine is crisp, clean, and assertive with hazelnut and stone fruit flavors. It is an exceptional Chardonnay .