Minerality and density are indicative of this cool, high-elevation AVA. This viticultural neighborhood hugs the Pacific Ocean, creating wines of startling freshness and liveliness.
Sourced from sprawling, southern-exposed blocks at the Martinelli Charles Ranch, three miles in from the Pacific at 1,115-ft elevation. The site was planted in 1982 by George Charles (Lee Martinelli Jr.’s maternal grandfather) amidst redwoods, bay laurels, and oaks.
We press the fruit whole cluster for delicacy. Native-yeast and full native malolactic fermentation take place in barrel, with sur lies bâtonnage.
After aging 12 months in 10% new French oak barrels (Taransaud Beaune, François Frères), the Chardonnay was traditionally fined for clarity and texture during the following harvest and bottled without filtration in February 2023.