Sangiacomo Vineyards of Sonoma-Carneros (Blocks: 34% South Sonoma, 33% Vella, 33% Catarina).
The 2014 vintage was the third in a row where we had a very hot summer followed by perfect warm conditions over fall. In these warm to hot years it pays to be growing Chardonnay in a cool foggy growing region. Where most of the Chardonnay in Napa Valley would have been picked, the fruit here in Carneros was able to hang for weeks longer. This allows a longer period of flavor development, creating a beautiful and complex wine.
The light gold shade to the core of this wine is followed by intense aromatics, with more tropical notes of mango and papaya at first. This is followed by honeycomb and wonderful soapstone minerality. This wine is always plush and mouth filling and this year it is no different, with more stone fruit and white pepper on the palate. With a 38% malolactic fermentation there was sufficient residual malic to provide a great backbone of acidity. This wine will age beautifully over the next 4-5 years (2019-2020).