This Chardonnay's grapes was sourced from Linda Vista Vineyard for the third vintage of Six Cloves Wines. The vineyard is located on the eastern side of Oak Knoll District and has been organically farmed by Steve Matthiasson. 1.5 tons of grapes were harvested on September 5th, which was nine-days earlier than last year. Grapes were gently pressed with whole clusters and fermented in French and Hungarian oaks barrels about two weeks. After the completion of primary fermentation, wine was aged in barrels for malolactic fermentation on the lees, which took place slower than previous vintage leaving a touch of malic acid, which elevates lingering acidity in the mouth.
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.