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 On September 7, we harvested 2 tons of Chardonnay with a sugar/Brix of 22.6º. John's work restoring the Chardonnay vineyard over the past 12 years has resulted in consistent production levels. We had 95” of rain for the 2016-17 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 undergoes 100% malolactic fermentation and is bottled after 11 months in barrel.
Tasting NotesThis wine is crisp, clean, and assertive with exceptional minerality and notes of hazelnut and stone fruit. Enjoy with oysters, crab, scallops, you get the idea. It is an exceptional Chardonnay 115 cases produced.