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Although the majority of grapes in the Première Reserve and this Mendocino bottling were grown in the same vineyards—albeit in separate blocks—the wines are notably different. We fashion our Reserve Chardonnay in the same manner as in Burgundy with primary and malolactic fermentations in a mixture of new and seasoned barrels; the vineyard fruit flavors are enveloped with winemaking and barrel flavors. This Mendocino bottling has less emphasis on the winemaking and more on the fruit from the vineyard. We broaden the pear-citrus profile of Anderson Valley Chardonnay by blending in 20% Potter Valley and 20% Arroyo Seco Chardonnay which add enticing apple and herbal elements. Most of the wine in this Mendocino bottling was cool-fermented in stainless steel without a secondary malolactic fermentation, maximizing the retention of fruit-based flavors. This was followed by aging solely in seasoned barrels, avoiding the stronger oak flavors that new barrels would impart. The grapes were harvested with bright acidity so the wine is crisp and fruit-driven with subtle oak flavors and modest alcohol; it definitely slides down easily. Double Gold and Best of California Medal-winner. 99 points.

[above] Manuel topping barrels of Chardonnay. We age Chardonnay about nine months in barrel. There is evaporation loss during barrel aging, so once a month we replace the air space with wine from smaller casks, thus reducing any potential oxidation.

[above] Pete is a master at motivating his harvest crew at neighboring Valley Foothills Vineyard. Their Chardonnay is always a major component in our Mendocino Chardonnay bottling.

[above] A beehive in our Tasting Room Chardonnay field. The bees were successfully moved to a Langstroth hive box, then moved to the outer edge of the vineyard, so the bees could continue to fertilize flowering vineyard cover crops and we could harvest honey.

Harvested: Sept. 14 to Oct.16, 2021 Sugars at harvest: 23.0° Brix
Bottled: June 16 to 20, 2022 Cases produced: 2,711
Alcohol: 13.0% Titratable acidity: 6.0 g/L
pH: 3.44

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