Black Emerald Vineyard Chardonnay 2014
THE VINEYARD: History runs deep at this 17-acre vineyard on Vine Hill Road in the heart of the Russian River Valley. Back in the 1960s, Sonoma County legend Duff Bevill planted the parcel to the old Clone 4 of Chardonnay. These grapes still grow today, though now the owners are Dennis and Mary Black, and the land is called Black Emerald Vineyard. Because this vineyard is dry-farmed, raising the canopy away from the heat of the ground during the day helps moderate the cluster temperature. At night, this strategy also helps keep clusters dry.
LABEL STORY: Todd’s Grandpa Ern proudly served during World War II. His job: Bombardier in the U.S. Air Force. With The Bombardier, we honor all who took on responsibilities and jobs during that time. We take inspiration from the many walks of life that followed.
TASTING NOTE: Aromas such as juicy apples and pomegranate are balanced expertly in this opulent wine. On the palate, The Bombardier evokes earthiness, and has fresh acidity and a firm structure. The finish is just as memorable, with fruit-forward flavors—a true California-style Chardonnay.
Aging: 43% New French Oak, 10 months
Cases Produced: 141
Alc. BY Vol: 13.5