Trout Gulch Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
Bottle Sizes 750ml
Appellation Santa Cruz Mountains
Wine Type Still - White
Vineyard Southern Santa Cruz Mountains. Trout Gulch, sits a mere 3.5 miles from the ocean. Sits in a fog bank. Trout Gulch sits at 750 feet above the hamlet of Aptos in the southern Santa Cruz Mountains. The vineyard was planted in 1977 to Wente Chardonnay and Mt Eden Pinot Noir and is carefully tended to by winemaker/vigneron Richard Alfaro. Uplifted oceanic sandy soils create a unique drainage sending the vines deep into marine derived sub-soils. Tucked into a cool coastal redwood drainage allows temperatures here to stay cooler than expected – summer time high’s rarely exceed 80F.
Soil Sand over marine sediment
Viticulture Old Wente Clone, own rooted. Dry-Farmed. The extended season and cool fall weather results in wines of great fruit purity and naturally high acidity. The wines also capture a marine flavor unlike any of our other wines. Harvest 3.5 weeks later than Peter Martin Ray. Harvested at night, delivered to winery in refrigerated trucks.
Vinification Whole cluster crushed and pressed, juice pumped into tank and allowed juice 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. 11 month in neutral barrels, Malolactic finishes. Racked into stainless steel, elevage 5-6 months before bottling. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Aging 11 months in neutral barrel. 5-6 months in stainless steel tank.
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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