Blend and Grape Sources
100% Sonoma Coast Chardonnay sourced from the Dutton Ranch Mill Station Vineyard (67%) and the Freestone estate vineyards (33%). The wine was aged for 8 months in French oak barrels (30% new and 70% two-to-three-year-old) before bottling in July 2011.
Harvest DatesOctober 14-21, 2010
Chardonnay grapes were picked in the cool morning temperatures to preserve sugar and acidity levels in the fruit, then whole cluster pressed directly to barrel for a slow, natural fermentation over 8 months without the addition of yeast.
This wine has a very expressive floral bouquet with notes of baking spices, wet stone and toasted vanilla bean. There is a hint of mid-palate sweetness that nicely buffers the core of acidity and complements the array of pear tart, white peach, green apple and lemongrass flavors.
The 2010 season started with modest rainfall and cool to moderate daytime temperatures. Budbreak was nearly complete in the Chardonnay vineyards by the middle of March. The unusually extended frost season lasted from April into late May but caused little to no damage throughout the Chardonnay vineyards, due to delayed development, and bloom was completed by early June. Veraison began the second week of August and the majority of all blocks were complete by August 25th. Picking began on October 1st and continued through the 21st, finishing just before the late October heavy rains descended on the region.
The 2010 Chardonnay growing season was slow and cool, producing excellent fruit quality with uniform sugar and acid levels, despite the late season weather challenges, making for excellent natural winemaking conditions. The finished wines are balanced and fresh with a distinctly Freestone spice element.