Trout Gulch Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
Bottle Sizes 750ml
Appellation Santa Cruz Mountains
Wine Type White - Still
Farming Dry farmed.
Vineyard Trout Gulch sits a mere 2.5 miles from the ocean just outside the village of Aptos in the southern Santa Cruz Mountains at over 750 feet elevation. The vineyard was planted in 1977 to Old Wente selection Mt. Eden. Uplifted oceanic sandy soils create a unique drainage sending the vines deep into marine derived sub-soils. Vines are north facing.
Soil Marine sandstone.
Viticulture Vineyard is dry farmed. Cane pruning is employed to maximize fruit budding potential. Vines yield 1.9 tons/ acre (24 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 "Taught saline nose hints at sea spray and fresh uni. Bursting flavors of lemon and mint are framed by an energetic acidity and fresh palate. You can taste the uplifted seabed and sand soils from this site. Pure, crystalline and completely transparent – this wine has nothing to hide." - John Raytek
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