2015 Chardonnay, J McK Estate Vineyard
Our Estate Chardonnay comes from our sustainably farmed J McK Vineyard located on the western side of Carneros. The vineyard name is derived from Proprietor John Sweazey’s children, John and McKenna. The climate on the estate is influenced by its proximity to the Pacific Ocean. The cooling influence of the anabatic winds allows the grapes a longer hang time prior to harvest, to slowly develop intense flavors while adding brightness and acidity to the final wine. 2015 was an early budbreak and a slightly earlier harvest than the previous vintage, with low yields and nicely concentrated fruit. A pretty bouquet of citrus blossom, candied lemon rind and very subtle oak leads to a beautifully balanced creamy palate with soft tannins. Nectarine, mandarin orange, lemon zest and a touch of brioche toast round out the refined texture of this wine showcasing bright, structured acid.