2019 Kuluppis Chardonnay
Sourced from vineyards in Sonoma Carneros, this chardonnay vineyard enjoys a lengthy growing season of temperate days and cool nights. The 2019 was an odd array of cool temperatures and occasional rain whereas normally, days are warm and dry. Letting the fruit hang longer allowed the flavors to fully develop without sacrificing structure. This wine was fermented 50% in stainless and 50% in oak, 100% malolactic fermentation all in oak barrels, and aged for 9 months with frequent stirring.
Our chardonnay fruit is grown at the Sangiacomo Family Vineyards, Kiser Ranch located in western Sonoma Carneros. First established in 1974, these particular chardonnay grapes are sourced from a newer block, planted in 2007, of the Robert Young clone. The vineyard soil is comprised of Zamora silty clay loam and Huichica loam.
Aromas of pears, apples, and brie greet the nose. On the palette, ripe pears predominate leading to an elegant, creamy finish.