2013 Mindego Ridge Chardonnay
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2013 Mindego Ridge Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains
In the Vineyard
We were blessed with a great vintage and healthy tonnage in 2013. Mid March budbreak was protected from frost by early April cloud cover, followed by a uniform bloom in mid May and a propitious growing season. With its marine influence, our site has an extended growing season – 2013 Chardonnay ripened into early October, with harvest commencing October 3rd.
In the Cellar
To preserve the character of both the vineyard and vintage, the grapes are whole-cluster pressed directly to 15% new, 70% neutral French oak and 15% stainless steel. The wine is fermented with indigenous yeast followed by native ML fermentation, with 11 months on lees. This gentle process provides us a stable wine requiring neither fining nor filtration before bottling.
In the Glass
Nose: Aromas of graventstein apple, pear, toasted almond, lilies, apricot, honey, brown butter, celery, and anise.
Palate: Dry, medium bodied. Yellow apple, ripe pear, wet rock, and peach.
Balanced alcohol, oak and intensity. Excellent varietal character. Bright, medium acidity. Finish is rich, and medium plus in length. Expect great rewards for cellaring.
93 points – Antonio Galloni (Read the Review)
Winemaker: Ehren Jordan
Acreage: 1.3 acres Chardonnay, 100% Estate Grown
Exposure & Slope: South facing mountain slopes, 15-20%
Soil Type: 18-24” of silty clay loam over fractured shale subsoil
Marine Influence: 9 miles from the Pacific, adjacent to redwoods
Elevation: 675’ to 725’
Clone Selection: Dijon (17, 76, 96)
Rootstock Selection: 3309
Vine Spacing: 7’ x 4’ (1600 vines/acre)
Yield: 3 tons per acre
Harvest: October 3, 2013
Barrel Regimen: French Oak, François Frères, 15% new, 70% neutral; 15% stainless steel
Barrel Aging: 11 months
Finished Alcohol: 13.8%
Chemistry @ Harvest:
- 21.7 Brix
- 3.28 pH
- 6.6 g/L titratable acidity
Bottled: August 12, 2014
295 cases produced