“Sonoma County is one of only a few appellations in the world that offers a diverse range of climates where both cool climate varietals such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and warm weather varietals like Cabernet and Merlot can thrive.”
– Corey Beck, CEO & Director of Winemaking.
Delicate aromas of honeysuckle give way to seductive scents of Crème Brûlée and lemon curd. Balanced fruit and plush citrus notes are complemented by graham cracker notes. The split fermentation offers a crisp natural acidity balanced by a silky mouthfeel, allows the flavors to shine.
We craft our Director’s Chardonnay using a split fermentation, where a portion of the juice is fermented in stainless steel and the remainder is barrel fermented and put through malolactic fermentation. This technique creates a balanced wine that offers not just a round, creamy texture, but also bright, natural acidity.
2019 came on the heels of the 2018 vintage. 2018 was very heavy for Chardonnay. This year, the crop load on the vines was much less, allowing for a concentration of flavors. A very temperate growing season allowed for the fruit to ripen slowly.