2017 Mindego Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay


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100% estate grown, single vineyard Chardonnay from our 1.3 acre home vineyard, 8 miles from the Pacific in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Whole-cluster pressed directly into 15% new, 75% neutral French oak and 10% stainless steel, aged sur lie for 11 months. 351 Cases produced. [More Info]

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2017 Mindego Ridge Vineyard Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains

In the Vineyard

Our 2017 growing season began with near normal rainfall levels for our site ending a five-year drought.  Soils were replenished and cover crops grew well providing nutrients to the soil and vigor to the vines.  A late August/early September heat spell impacted many California regions in late summer, speeding up harvest schedules and requiring extra vigilance. Despite consecutive days of near triple digit temps, our site proximity to the Pacific mitigated the threat of over ripening with nighttime temperatures consistently cooling down to the 50s.

In the Cellar

To preserve the character of both the vineyard and vintage, the grapes are whole-cluster pressed directly to 15% new, 75% neutral French oak and 10% stainless steel. The wine is fermented with indigenous yeast followed by native ML fermentation, with 11 months on lees, not stirred. This gentle process provides us a stable wine requiring neither fining nor filtration before bottling.


93 Points – Antonio Galloni, Vinous (Read the Review)

Technical Notes

Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountains
Winemaker: Ehren Jordan
Acreage: 1.3 acres Chardonnay, 100% Estate Grown
Exposure & Slope: South facing mountain slopes, 15-20%
Soil Type: 10-18” 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)
Harvest: September 24, 2017
Barrel Regimen: French Oak, François Frères, 15% new, 75% neutral; 10% stainless steel
Barrel Aging: 11 months on lees, not stirred
Finished Alcohol: 13.1%
Chemistry @ Harvest:

  • 22.1 Brix
  • 3.51 pH
  • 6.3 g/L titratable acidity

Bottled: August 2018
351 cases produced