2017 Alana Vineyard Chardonnay

2017 Alana Vineyard Chardonnay

2017 is the second vintage of our beloved Alana Vineyard Chardonnay. Named after Bill’s youngest daughter, this Estate site sits in the middle of a majestic redwood forest in Sebastopol and is recognized for its elegant fruit. With less than 6 acres planted, this small, cold climate vineyard is picked relatively late in the season, letting the grapes reach maximum intensity. The Alana has rich flavors of Asian pear and toasted almond, coupled with sandalwood and hibiscus. As vivacious as its namesake, the Alana Vineyard continues to amaze us.

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Vintage
2017 was a vintage we will remember for a long time. After years of drought, we enjoyed a winter with record rainfall. Mother Nature was active, filling up dams and saturating soils while cleaning out salts that built up over time. Temperatures were cool, contributing to ideal fruit set and the season was on track for typical growth until heat waves arrived at the end of August into September. We picked some Pinot Noir prior to the heat spikes and gave the remaining vines water to let them develop further. While compressed into smaller picking windows, the grapes were perfectly developed and fermentation was steady. Thankfully, all our grapes were picked and wine was in barrel by the time the wildfires in Sonoma and Napa devastated nearby areas. Our vineyards were threatened but ultimately saved with the brave work of first responders. We are forever grateful for those who put themselves in harm's way to help save our livelihoods and for our good fortune during this atypical vintage.
Technical
Technical
Vintage
2017
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Sonoma Coast
Clones
Wente
Soil
Goldridge, fine sandy loam
Total Acidity
5.9 g/L
pH
3.37
Aging
15 months/100% French Oak/29% New
Fermentation
20 days in open top fermenters
Alcohol %
14.1
Production
162 Cases
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