Peter Martin Ray Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
Bottle Sizes 750ml
Country United States
Appellation Santa Cruz Mountains
Wine Type White - Still
Farming Dry farmed.
Vineyard The vineyard lies 1,600 feet above the valley floor in the northern Santa Cruz Mountains. The vines are north, north-east facing Old Wente selection Mt. Eden. Vines are over 35 years old.
Soil Schist, fractured shale and clay.
Viticulture Vineyard is dry farmed and has never been irrigated or fertilized. Cane pruning is employed to maximize fruit budding potential. Vines yield 2.1 tons/ acre (27 hl/ha).
Vinification Whole cluster crushed and pressed, juice pumped into tank and to settle before being barreled down. Racked into neutral barrels. Fermentation happens in barrel in a room of 65-70 to entice natural fermentation and then moved to cellar, around 50 degrees, to allow slow fermentation.
Aging Aged 10 months in neutral French barrels. Racked with light lees to stainless steel for an additional 6 months of aging.
Notes "Sexy musky aromas of yellow peach and ginger. Silky and intense in the mouth, with peach pit and spice flavors framed by ripe acidity. Lemon and white flowers on the palate with a hint of flint. Wiry, tense finish with much energy in reserve." - John Raytek
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