Charles Ranch Vineyard
Firmly rooted in the rocky, well-drained hillsides of Fort Ross Seaview these 41-year-old vines are some of the oldest pre-phylloxera plantings of Chardonnay in California.
Notes of elderflower, honeysuckle and citrus blossom give way to wet rock, crushed oyster shells and spring meadow. Just-ripe white peach, crunchy nectarine, and lime pith build in the bowl. On the palate, delicate stone fruits, tart-lychee, fresh lemon cream and lime blossom give way wet gravel. Fine, focused acidity balances the rich mid-palate to a long-lasting finish.
98 points James Suckling
100% whole cluster • natively fermented in barrel • bottled without fining or filtration • 12.5% Alcohol