Chardonnay from 80% Lodi and 20% Keller Estate Vineyard, Petaluma Gap (Sonoma Coast).
The 80% fruit from Lodi is sourced from vineyards located at the northern edge of the San Joaquin Valley, east of San Francisco Bay. Lodi enjoys a similar climate and growing conditions to its coastal neighbors Napa and Sonoma. The two major rivers originating in the Sierra Nevada mountain range that feeds the Lodi appellation have brought soils rich in granitic-based minerals that lend complex flavors to the wines of Lodi.
Keller Estate sits in the heart of the Petaluma Gap AVA where the wind and the fog are trademarks. The “Gap” as it is affectionately known is actually a wind gap named after a coastal mountain opening that stretches east from the Pacific through the town of Petaluma and then roars south to San Pablo Bay. The chardonnay from Keller Estate comes from La Cruz Vineyard where the soils are multi-layered, mineral-ladened clays that were once San Pablo Bay sea beds. This mineral character comes through in the wine and brings another level of complexity.
Aged for 9 months in 30% new oak, 70% neutral oak. Creamy tropical fruit aromas range from pineapple to kiwi with Meyer lemon notes. The mouth-feel is smooth, fresh and balanced with well-integrated toasted oak. 2969 cases produced.
About the Producer
Winemaker Alexandre Remy hails from Rennes, France. He holds a master’s degree in food science from the University of Montpellier. His desire to make wine took him to Marlborough, Victoria and Napa Valley.
Sustainability: Alexandre is committed to sustainability, from the vineyards all the way to the labels. Starting with the 2015 vintage, all wines are bottled with Diam Corks, a company that not only has an amazing environmental policy and is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council®, but also guarantees closures that are cork taint free. For the vinification, Alexandre partners with wineries that are within 50 miles of where the grapes are grown. The barrels used are made from French oak staves but are assembled right here in the USA. Finally, Alexandre works exclusively with warehouses that support The Green Initiative Fund.