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Fallenleaf Vineyard Chardonnay 2016

Sonoma Coast

THE VINEYARD:

Located on the top of the Eastern slope of the Sonoma ridge overlooking the town of Sonoma, Fallenleaf Vineyard is an 8-acre gem planted to Old Wente Chardonnay.  Owner Harry Cohn works tirelessly with Atlas Vineyard Management to methodically produce a stellar crop year after year.  Established before today's modern skinny tractors, the low yields of wide rows are compensated for with a unique double trunk / mid-wire cordon system that can only work in a well-ventilated, cool hillside site like this one.

LABEL STORY:

Historically, The Jester elevated spirits and offered comedic relief through wit and humor. Erin’s dad shared a personality quite similar, always ready to engage his heart and mind with a gift for making people feel better and more understood. His memory inspires us every day.

TASTING NOTE: Clear and clean with a slight green hue hinting at green apples on the nose.  Fresh mountain air, Meyer lemon, and river pebbles round out the aromatics.  True to the Old Wente clone, bright acidity lingers endlessly with restrained stone fruits and minerality.

Clones: Old Wente
Aging: 30% new French, 14 months
Cases Produced: 378
Alc. BY Vol: 13.5

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Single Vineyard

Ernest Vineyards specializes in site-specific wines. Each of our wines comprises grapes from one vineyard and one vineyard only. For our Ernest labels, we use grapes from nine sites in all. Some sites are well-draining, some are on hillsides. Some face west, some are considered cold-climate. We work closely with growers and vineyard managers at each site to dial-in the farming to adhere to a style that maximizes flavor ripeness while keeping sugars down and acidity high. The result: Wines that are pure expressions of the sites from which they came.

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Rosé

We produce rosé under the Eugenia label; our current release, from the 2015 vintage, include two different wines. One—The Country Wife—is a rosé of cinsault, and is just like all of our other single-vineyard wines, made with grapes from one vineyard and one vineyard only. Another—The Motley—is a rosé of pinot noir, and is a blend from our very coldest pinot noir sites.

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The Lab

In addition to Ernest and Eugenia, we own and operate a third label: Edaphos (pronounced ee-dah-fos). It means “base,” “ground,” and “soil” in Greek; we felt it was a good expression of our attitude behind this winemaking. We consider this part of our business to be our “laboratory,” the place where we make small-lot wines that incorporate new and exciting approaches to winemaking with different styles and off-beat grape varietals. Sometimes we also call it our “sandbox.” The Edaphos strategy enables us to explore, experiment, and apply some of the lessons we learn to wines we make under our other labels. It also allows us to produce different wines whenever we feel like making them.

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Our Tasting Room is open daily, 10am-4pm in Windsor. We offer varying wine tasting selections that span releases and varietals. View current tasting selections and pricing below.

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Wine Club

Our Ernest Family wine clubs offer our customers convenient twice yearly delivery of our special, limited-production wines. Each shipment during our Fall and Spring releases is curated with a mix of wines expressing the best of the vintage.

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