2021 Sun Chase Chardonnay
Planted on the west-facing hillside where the cool Petaluma Gap collides with Sonoma Mountain, this site overlooks a broad sweep of the county from the San Pablo Bay to north Santa Rosa. Our Chardonnay block with an east-west row aspect sits on a sun-drenched, rocky incline at 1000' where fruit yields are naturally limited with small clusters and aromatic fruit.
The wine is a very pretty light straw color with aromas of fresh pear, peaches and meyer lemon. These are tied together with subtle green herbs of chervil and arugula. Before the first sip it reminds of a light fresh springtime salad. On the palate the fruit flavors explode! Tangerine, Pear skin, canned peaches all mixed in with a limestone minerality. Secondary notes of white flowers, honeysuckle and just a touch of vanilla from the French oak at the end of the exceptionally long finish.