I was very fortunate to get my hands on Chardonnay grapes from Linda Vista Vineyard, farmed by Steve Matthiasson for my second vintage. This vineyard is located in Oak Knoll District in Napa, which is Mattiasson’s home ground. This organically grown Chardonnay was picked on September 19 at 22 Brix and pressed gently in whole clusters, fermented and has been aged in French and Hungarian oak barrels. This wine has progressed beautifully during its aging, showing bursts of citrus fruit characters and lemon curd, caramelized apple and vibrant long lasting acidity.
Two Pinot Noir clones of Martini and Swan were sourced from a new and upcoming AVA, Petaluma Gap, which has significant maritime influence as a result of day and night temperature differences, which creates strong wind, part of a unique characteristics of the area. This is reminiscent of windy Martinborough, New Zealand, where one of the best Pinot Noirs in the South hemisphere are grown and where I fell in love with the Pinot Noir variety for the first time. They were picked in mid to late September, and fermented and punched down manually 1-2 times a day with 25 % whole clusters. It has been aged in French oak barrels and has been showing very complex red fruits aromas and black fruits flavors as well as savory characters, which shows characteristics of the sites and heritage clones growing very uniquely at these windy and cool climate vineyards.