Our Hawk Hill Chardonnay exhibits an apple and pear blossom nose with hints of lemon zest. The slight butter character on the nose and palate compliment and balance the brightness of the fruit character. This beautifully aromatic wine has crème brulee weight with a long lasting citrusy finish.
This cool climate Chardonnay was hand-harvested before dawn and delivered cold to the cellar where it was gently pressed to a stainless steel tank. The following day, the juice was racked to used French oak barrels. The barrels were placed into the cellar (55 degrees F) to keep cool during primary and secondary fermentation. Once complete, the barrels were topped up and stirred once a month to homogenize the settled lees in order to build mouthfeel in the finished wine. After three months, the wine was racked off the yeast lees and transferred to two new French oak barrels (medium plus toasted oak), one stainless steel drum (70 gal, barrel shaped), and the rest neutral French oak. This Chardonnay was aged for 21 months prior to bottling in June of 2020.
The Hawk Hill vineyards are situated above the small town of Freestone, west of Sebastopol, within the Sonoma Coast appellation. The majority of the 7 acres dedicated to Chardonnay is planted to Clone 5 with some Old Wente-Hyde mixed in. These vines benefit from cool morning fog and moderate afternoon temperatures that promote the natural acidity in the grape and maintains the true varietal character.