Los Carneros, Sonoma Valley, California
Fresh and earthy with lemon, tart peach and a touch of pear balanced by a chalky minerality on a medium-bodied frame with a bright finish.
Pairs well with seafood and soft cheeses.
Residual Sugar: 0.1 g/L
Back when the early days of American winemaking hit a fever pitch, a small group of vintners stumbled upon a region of the Mendocino Valley blanketed with what they referred to as, "The Gold Cloak." This led to a fortunate discovery: The Gold Cloak comprised millions of yellow flowers called Fiddlenecks. Natural cover crops that protected and nurtured the land beneath them. The vintners rejoiced and planted the foundation for their vineyards upon this land and upon the first Harvest Moon, they reaped their reward. Such was the beginning of Fiddleneck, a collection of wines that captures the magic of California winemaking.
The family who created this wine has been farming their land in the Sonoma Valley since the late 19th century. Their first vineyard on the land? 40 acres of Chardonnay vines, back in 1977. For this single-vineyard, unoaked Chardonnay, grapes were handpicked from dry-farmed vines planted over 20 years ago in Los Carneros, where rich clay soils contribute to a longer growing season, helping the vines to produce ripe, flavorful grapes. After harvest, the juice fermented in stainless steel for 4 weeks, then aged in stainless steel for 11 months until bottling, unfined and unfiltered.
DID YOU KNOW? Chardonnay is the most widely planted white grape varietal in the world!