2018 GJ Hawk Hill Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast

This is a cooler climate Chardonnay and it shows by way of the leanness, bright acidity and vibrant minerality from these soils. The racy acidity, tones of grapefruit and lemon zest show best when chilled, and soften beautifully as the wine comes to ambient temperature where the wine shows hints of butter and fine oak with good viscosity on the finish.

VINTAGE 2018
WINE TYPE White
VARIETAL Chardonnay [100%]
AVA Sonoma Coast
VINEYARD Hawk Hill
SCORE Let Us Know

This wine comes from the same vineyard of our 2014 vintage, which received 94 points. Review from the Prince of Pinot is below:

94 POINTS Prince of Pinot

"Moderate golden yellow color in the glass. Terrific aromatics, offering scents of honey, apple, spice, and a hint of butter and oak. Very classy with brisk acidity, offering juicy flavors of lemon and apple with a bit of nut oil. The lip-smacking and lifted finish goes on and on and leaves an memorable impression. Score: 94" 

WINEMAKER NOTES

This is a cooler climate Chardonnay and it shows by way of the leanness, bright acidity and vibrant minerality from these soils. The racy acidity, tones of grapefruit and lemon zest show best when chilled, and soften beautifully as the wine comes to ambient temperature where the wine shows hints of butter and fine oak with good viscosity on the finish.

VINEYARD NOTES

Located on a Southern Facing Ridge top, high above the town of Freestone and was planted to Pinot noir and Chardonnay in 1985. This single vineyard Chardonnay has more in common with Chablis than your typical California Chardonnay. There are 7 acres of Chardonnay vines planted primarily to clone 5, with a small amount of Old Wente-Hyde selection interplants. The fruit was harvested by hand, at night, to assure it would arrive at the winery cold.

VINTAGE & TECHNICAL NOTES

HARVEST DATE September 2018
RELEASE DATE October 2020
CASES PRODUCED  125
ALCOHOL 14.1%
HARVEST BRIX 23.2º
BARREL TREATMENT 35% New & 65% Neutral French Oak
pH 3.45
TA 6.9