This wine is all about balance! A Chardonnay for even those that claim “Anything but Chardonnay”! When we started making wine in 2013, we knew we had to make a Chardonnay because our Mom only drinks Chardonnay! She was the inspiration behind the style, a balance of crisp and clean minerality with a weighty creaminess on the finish. Jeffrey nailed it, with a Chardonnay that is pleasing to all ends of the spectrum and is sure to convince even those “ABC-ers” (Anything But Chardonnay) that they too can enjoy this Chardonnay. The grapes were sourced from the Wilson Ranch, a Sebastiani vineyard in the heart of Carneros where the soil is a blend of fine, silty, loamy clay. With half the lot going through malolactic fermentation, we are able to preserve that pleasing acidity from the cooler climate growing site and balance it with a creamy, weightiness on the finish.
“In my winemaking, I concentrate on ushering the vintage into the bottle with minimal inputs. I am a strong believer in showcasing true varietal characteristics and a strong sense of place. To me, wine is made in the vineyard and as such needs to be celebrated and honored. Restrained use of oak helps me to encourage balance in the wine without overpowering any of the other aspects.” – Jeffrey Shifflett
This Chardonnay leads with elegant aromatics of spring blossoms and fresh citrus leading to a mix of tropical flavors and bright lemon zest on the palate. A balanced, crisp yet creamy finish leaves you wanting more!