Chardonnay shares many similarities with our Première Reserve
bottling: both are 100% Chardonnay, the grapes for both were destemmed, pressed and then fermented and, in both cases, the wine aged in Billon's French oak barrels. Yet the wines are strikingly different. Navarro's intent with the Première Reserve
is to produce a complex wine that reveals the terroir of our Philo vineyards, so traditional winemaking is employed. Fermentation is completed in newer
barrels and the wine ages on the lees (spent yeast). This Mendocino
bottling has a more straightforward goal - a crisp, fruit-driven Chardonnay, easy-to-drink and refreshing.
Jim Klein, at the vineyard next door, discussing the Chardonnay crop with a Valley Foothills' tractor driver. We're neighbors of Marge and Gil Ordway, who own Valley Foothills, and we have made wine from their grapes continually since 1978. Each year the wine from their vines is a major portion of our