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 In early September of 2015 we harvested 2.5 tons of Chardonnay with a sugar/Brix of 24.7. John's work restoring the Chardonnay vineyard over the past 8 years is reflected in the increased production. We had 41 inches of rain for the 2014-15 season. 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 and returned to barrel for an additional 8 months.
This wine is crisp, clean, and assertive with exceptional minerality and ripe pear flavors. Enjoy with oysters, crab, scallops, you get the idea. It is an exceptional Chardonnay, 164 cases were produced.