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2022 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

2022 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

Price: $35.00

Back in the 1990s when I worked for Saintsbury we embarked on an ambitious (for the time) mission to bottle all of our Chardonnay unfiltered. Which we did, with good success. Since then I have gotten away from unfiltered Chardonnay a bit largely because the fruit I've been working with often made better wine if it was not 100% Malolactic. But starting in 2022 I decided to take the plunge back into unfiltered Chardonnay. Happily the fruit I am now working with for my Chardonnay is from the Barlow Homestead vineyard that belongs to my client Small Vines wines, and it produces wine with bracing acidity that needs to be tamed by malolactic fermentation. No chance it will end up flabby!

I've written elsewhere that my style of Chardonnay has changed since I returned from my two year break from making the stuff. It is brighter, racier and less tropical than some of my earlier efforts. In addition to that I have begun fermenting and aging my chardonnay in a 1000 liter oak oval, rather than in smaller barrels. These two things have really changed my Chardonnay in ways that I find exhilarating. See for yourself. 75 cases made. 


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