WINES & ACCOLADES
Memorable wines are born in unique birthplaces and often made in small lots. I am delighted to presently offer two exquisite, Sangiacomo vineyard-designate Chardonnays from the heart of Sonoma Carneros.
2014 ChardonnaySangiacomo Green Acres Hills Vineyard, 100% Old Wente Clone, Los Carneros 120 Cases
Planted in 1969 to just 5 acres of the prized Old Wente Clone [a rare, noble Chardonnay from Meurseault], Green Acres Hills Vineyard is hallowed ground for Chardonnay in Sonoma Carneros. In the summer, blue-grey fingers of Pacific Ocean fog descend over the hills, lingering well into late morning the next day while afternoon Bay breezes provide a cooling encore - all helping fruit ripen slowly to produce an aromatic, intensely concentrated Chardonnay with a compelling acid backbone. Harvested by night and made using gentle Burgundian methods to preserve clonal character, our Old Wente Chardonnay delivers an exhilarating bouquet of white flowers and wet stone, followed by layers of green apple, pear, orange zest, lemon curd and ginger on the palate – finishing long with an exquisite minerality that is unmistakably Sonoma Carneros. While an expanded Green Acres remains a bastion of Sonoma Chardonnay, the revered Old Wente vines from the original 1969 block sadly lost a long and hard-fought battle against a virus in 2015. Oceans Churning 2014 Old Wente Chardonnay is an elegant, Chablis-inspired swan song for this rare piece of California’s viticultutral history.
Date of Harvest: September 25, 2014
Date of Bottling: December 9, 2015
pH: 3.29; Acidity: 6.0 g/L
Silver at the 2018 SF Chronicle Wine Competition - Oceans Churning 2014 Chardonnay, Sangiacomo Green Acres Hills Vineyard. "Sublime ... An extraordinary attempt to replicate what the Chablissiene have done for centuries.... " Dan Berger, Napa Valley Register.
93 Points - Catherine Fallis, Planet Grape, San Francisco.
93 Points - Pinot File (Notable Chardonnays)
" ...fine Chardonnays in an elegant and understated style..." Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine.
90 Points - Wine Enthusiast
2014 ChardonnaySangiacomo El Novillero Vineyard, 100% Heritage Clone 4, Los Carneros 93 Cases
Only a mile south of Sangiacomo Green Acres Hills and cooled by Bay breezes blowing gently all day in the growing season, the spectacular El Novillero Vineyard sits on the historic Donnell Ranch. Planted to Heritage Clone 4 [a direct descendant of the illustrious Old Wente], El Novillero’s marine sediment and rock-strewn shallow soil allowed me to produce an opulent Chardonnay with a complex, Chablis-recalling structure that is yet rooted in its Sonoma Carneros terroir. Harvested by night and made gently in the Burgundian tradition, our El Novillero Chardonnay opens with a voluptuous tropical aroma, leading to a silken texture and layers of luscious stone fruit, citrus, almonds and hints of custard, brioche and coconut on the palate – all wonderfully balanced by a lively acidity for a long finish and memorable experience.
Date of Harvest: September 5, 2014
Date of Bottling: December 9, 2015
pH: 3.30; Acidity: 5.9 g/L
"Sublime ... An extraordinary attempt to replicate what the Chablissiene have done for centuries.... " Dan Berger, Napa Valley Register.
92 Points - Catherine Fallis, Planet Grape, San Francisco.
90 Points - Pinot File (Notable Chardonnays)
"...fine Chardonnays in an elegant and understated style..." Ronn Wiegand, Restaurant Wine.