We blended a “table Chardonnay” from delicious lots of our wine that didn’t quite make it into our Matthiasson Linda Vista Vineyard Chardonnay along with younger vine fruit from an adjacent vineyard. All of the fruit was farmed by us, and is from CCOF certified organic vineyards.
For complexity, completeness, and balance, we achieve a diversity of ripeness by using the traditional method of harvesting the fruit a number of different times during the ripening period. The earlier harvests contribute acidity and minerality, and the later harvests contribute flesh and richness. We whole-cluster press all of the grapes, then ferment and age the wine in seasoned French oak barrels, with only native yeast. No battonage (lees stirring) or racking. We allow two-fifths of the barrels to go through malo- lactic fermentation.