In the glass, our 2015 Chardonnay displays a luminous light yellow hue tinted with pale green. On the nose, generous tropical aromas like melon and crushed pineapple mingle with hints of acacia and white flower, as well as complex notes of vanilla, brioche and golden oak—with just a touch of salinity. The palate is soft, succulent and fresh; it’s also very focused, with bright, balanced acidity and an appealing minerality that lingers over the finish. Enjoy this wine in its youth or over the next 10 to 15 years while it continues to develop in the bottle.
We hand picked each block and delivered firm, cool clusters to the winery before sunrise. After gentle pressing, the wine settled for 12 to 24 hours, followed by carefully monitored racking. We transferred to 65% new French oak at medium toast levels from cooperages including Damy, François Frères, Remond and Latour. Native yeasts slowly guided alcoholic fermentation, the lees stirred frequently until malolactic fermentation was complete. The wine was aged in barrel for 15 months and bottled unfined and unfiltered.
We farm each of the 30 blocks of our Wayfarer Vineyard individually to tailor the shoot positioning and leafing vine by vine, and clone by clone. Such fine-tuned farming is critical to success on the extreme Sonoma Coast, with its varying elevations and exposures – east facing, west facing, north side, and south side. By the end of the growing season we have typically visited each vine a dozen times.
This meticulous attention pays off in vintages like 2015, when we experienced our third consecutive year of draught conditions. Unseasonably warm weather in February and March gave us budbreak eight days earlier than average, and we were lucky not to have experienced any frost. Sunny days in April led into a cool, cloudy May, which extended bloom period and reduced the number of berries in each cluster. Summer turned warm, for optimum ripening, and when a heat wave hit in mid-August all our vines came through in fine form.
Blocks Map2, 12, 17, 27, 28, 29
Mount Eden, Berlenbach Old Wente, Dijon 95, Hyde Old Wente
Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate, October 31, 2017
The 2015 Chardonnay Wayfarer Vineyard has an intense nose of pineapple, guava and ginger with honeysuckle, marzipan, cashews and brioche. The medium-bodied palate is incredibly taut for such a gregarious nose with wonderful tension framing the pronounced tropical flavors beautifully, finishing with lingering savory notes and a gorgeous creamy texture. 800 cases were made.
Doug Wilder, Purely Domestic Wine Report, June, 2017
A stunning nose of pure pineapple, mineral, sea salt with notes of lemon and hazelnut. The palate is fresh and deeply focused with nuts, long ribbons of rich stone fruits, spice and lemon crème. Even better on day 3. Drink 2017 – 2025.
Jeb Dunnuck, JebDunnuck.com, July 2017
The 2015 Chardonnay Wayfarer Vineyard is flat out gorgeous. Deep, rich and elegant, with melon, citrus rind, brioche and hints of white truffles, this beauty hits the palate with plenty of richness, bright acidity, and a great finish. Coming from goldridge soils, it's a classic, elegant Chardonnay that will be better with another year or two of bottle age and drink nicely for a decade.
Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast, August 2018
A youthful, tightly concentrated wine, this opens slowly to reveal a great depth of character and depth of flavor. Toffee, Meyer lemon and crisp apple meet a balanced richness of integrated oak, sublime texture and floral aromatics and brine that tease of the sea.
- Bibiana González Rave
- Wayfarer Vineyard, Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast
- Double Guyot
- Vine Yield:
- Less than 3lbs per vine
- September 03 – September 10, 2015
- December 1, 2016
- Fall 2017
- 100% Chardonnay
- Cases Produced: