Crisp yet delicate, conveying a vibrant acidity, elegant texture and a refreshing finish.
Tasting Notes: The 2018 de Coelo Chardonnay is crisp yet delicate, conveying a vibrant acidity, elegant texture and a refreshing finish. Perfumed with aromas of honeysuckle, pink lady apples and white peach with a creamy hint of refined oak on the palate. The finish is full, accented with high notes of fruit and a pedigree that is age worthy. Enjoy on its own or pair this Chablis-style wine with a succulent shellfish.
Vneyard: Our de Coelo vineyard is just five miles from the Pacific Ocean, between the towns of Freestone and Bodega. One of the first Biodynamic sites in the area, the small lots of wines crafted from the de Coelo vineyard are authentic illustrations of vintage, varietal and vineyard. The 23 acre vineyard is planted with 5 different clones producing 4 distinct Pinot Noirs, a Chardonnay and a Rosé. The climate is of maritime influence remaining very cool and moist throughout the growing season. The soils are classic Gold Ridge soils with more clay substructure and the grapes are grown under Certified Demeter Biodynamic practices.
Vintage: With ideal conditions during flowering and a cooler, dry year, yields were up and the quality superb. The large crop set resulted in our team making multiple thinning passes of the fruit leaving only that of the highest quality. Due to mild temperatures, harvest started two weeks later than in 2017. With only one rain event at the beginning of October and clear skies from then on, the fruit was able to have a long hang time to reach textbook maturity.
Winemaking: The grapes are harvested at night to protect their delicate flavors and to preserve freshness. The fruit is immediately pressed and spends no time on skins. This wine sees a hint of French oak (25% new; 25% 1 yr old) during fermentation, while the remainder is fermented in stainless steel, preserving the fruit and brightness.
Winemaker: Lisa Amaroli
Harvested: October 2018
Certification: Demeter Certified Biodynamic® Wine
Cellaring: Drink now