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Cleary Ranch Chardonnay 2018

Sonoma Coast

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:

Starry pale-yellow in color, cool-climate characteristics on the nose, including precisely focused pear, citrus and mineral. Decadent with juicy notes of baked apples, a touch of oak, and creaminess, but matched with acidic, youthful vibrancy

Clones: Old Wente/76
Average Ripeness: 20.9
Aging: 30% New French
Cases Produced: 190
Alc. BY Vol: 13.0

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Current Release 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 seven sites in all. Some sites are valley floor, some are on hillsides. Some face west, all 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 2020 vintage is our first Estate bottling from the Cleary Freestone Ranch, made from Pinot Noir picked specifically for this Rosé. 

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Edaphos

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 Ernest wine clubs offer our customers convenient delivery of our special, limited-production wines. Each shipment is curated with a mix of wines expressing the best of the vintage. We offer four options, each with added benefits for you to choose from.

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