2017 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, WestLands

2017 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, WestLands

For our first vintage of this Chardonnay, the nose is reminiscent of honeysuckle and sweet pea. With racy acidity, the palate is tempered by creamy notes from the French oak. Dynamic and approachable, this wine stands out as both an aperitif and a dinner wine.

From cool-climate vineyards west of Sebastopol, this white is floral in jasmine and earthy, with fresh focused acidity. Apple, citrus and wet stone combine for a light, bright and effusive experience that finishes lushly in oak.

Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast

Winemaker’s Notes

The 2017 vintage was an excellent one — well-balanced with yields due to a heat spike later in the season. We were very fortunate to have picked all of our fruit prior to the October 2017 North Bay Fires, so the widespread devastation did not affect our wines.

The Vineyard

WestLands Chardonnay is our nod to capturing the essence of the West Sonoma Coast. It is barrel-selected from our favorite vineyards west of Sebastopol. All the vineyards used for this wine are in close proximity to each other and are within 10 miles of the Pacific Ocean.

Accolades

  • 93 points, Wine Advocate
  • 92 points, Wine Enthusiast

Details

Varietals

100% Chardonnay

AVA
Type
White
Varietal
Chardonnay
Region
California
Appellation
Sonoma Coast
Vintage
2017
Vineyards
H. Klopp, Dutton Mill Station
Technical
Fermentation
Hand harvested and sorted then de-stemmed. Three to five day cold soak. Fermented separately by clone. Gentle pump-over and punch-downs during fermentation. 85% malolactic fermentation.
Aging
Aged 16 months in French oak, 25% of which was new.
Alcohol
14.2%
pH
3.25
TA
6.9 g/L
Production
Harvest Date
2017-09-04
Bottling Date
2019-05-01
Cases Produced
164