2011 Califa Chardonnay
Our Califa Chardonnay bursts with nuances of fresh limes, pineapple, orange marmalade, vanilla crème brûlée and toasted oak. This is a classically luxurious Chardonnay with rich, available fruit and a beautiful creamy texture framed by balanced acidity.
Chamisal was the first vineyard planted in the Edna Valley in 1973 and now contains 80 acres planted to 5 varieties and 25 clonal selections. The nearby Pacific ocean creates a long temperate growing season for exceptional hang time, which combines with the calcareous, clay-rich soil to produce fruit with exceptional intensity and complex flavors.
2011 was a very cool vintage, which suited this wine well. A warm January and February with sufficient winter rains led to normal budbreak. Cool spring-like temperatures persisted throughout summer and lengthened the ripening period. A classic Indian summer with a warm October led to impeccable flavor development at lower sugar levels and good retention of acidity.
As election of our best vineyard blocks were hand harvested at night and hand sorted before they were whole cluster pressed, then cold settled prior to fermentation in a combination of tanks and barrels using both native and cultured yeast. Full malolactic fermentation followed by aging the wine in barrel on the lees for eight months. After an intensive barrel tasting process to select the top 15% of our barrels, these barrels were racked to a tank for blending and kept in tank for one month. After blending, the wine was racked back to barrel for an additional five months.
This vintage, our Califa Chardonnay is comprised of 80% Clone 96 and 20% Clone 352. From within these favored clones, we select the more elevated sections of the vineyard that produce naturally lower yields, resulting in more focused fruit and a concentrated texture.
- Chamisal Vineyard, Edna Valley
- 100% Chardonnay
- 96, Chamisal, 352
- Oak treatment:
- 14 monthis in 50% new French oak barrels
- Cases Made:
- Release Date:
- March 2013