|Wine Type:||White Wine|
|Harvest Date:||September 28th , 2010|
|Aging:||16 months in French Oak - 36% new|
|Fermentation:||Whole cluster pressed, indigenous yeast fermentation and weekly battonage|
This intense and concentrated single vineyard Chardonnay begins with vivid aromas of acacia, quince and citrus blossom. The vibrancy of the wines’ aroma is matched by its opulent texture and layered flavors of candied grapefruit, dried apricot with a mineral laden finish. Indigenous yeast fermentation in French oak barrels and extended aging of 16 months on lees has produced a wine with exceptional complexity.
To describe the 2010 growing I season I like to use the analogy of riding a roller coaster. Abundant rains in the winter 2009 and spring 2010 broke a three year drought and replenished groundwater for the season. Spring and summer along the Sonoma Coast was persistently foggy and cold, resulting in only a handful of days over 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The cold growing season pushed harvest back nearly one month and produced miniscule yields. The small, but exceptional, crop we harvested produced grapes with crisp acidity, and intense flavors.
This spectacular vineyard sits along Laguna Ridge at the edge of the Green Valley AVA. Meticulously farmed and planted at a very high density of 2420 vines per acre, the vineyard is planted to Dijon clone 548 and 95. Once a spectacular apple orchard, we pay homage to the Martinelli Family and the history of the site by naming the wine ‘La Pommeraie’ – French for apple orchard.