Cleary Ranch Chardonnay 2016
THE VINEYARD: Downslope from his father's Freestone Hill Vineyard, John Cleary and his family have their own parcel of West Sonoma Coast vineyard land: this 6-acre plot. Ernest has leased and farmed this site since 2015 which, as our coldest vineyard, is a challenging task in even the best years.
LABEL STORY: Todd’s maternal grandparents left Orange County, California, and relocated to an 80-acre farm in the Central Valley. The change necessitated adjustments, but The Farmer, Grandpa Ray, kept at it, learning as he went and helping to raise adventuresome children and grandchildren.
TASTING NOTE: Straw colored and viscous in the glass. On the nose, this wine toes the line between green apple and preserved Meyer lemon, subtly supported by French Oak. This wine jumps from the attack of bright citrus fruit, lime blossom and kumquat, broadening ever so slightly on the mid palate before racing to a lengthy and poised finish.
Aging: 27% New French Oak, 10 months
Cases Produced: 268
Alc. BY Vol: 13.0