Chardonnay – Fallenleaf vineyard
100% Chardonnay from Fallenleaf Vineyard, Sonoma Coast AVA, California. Located on the top of the Eastern slope of the Sonoma ridge overlooking the town of Sonoma, Fallenleaf Vineyard is an 8-acre gem planted to Old Wente Chardonnay. Owner Harry Cohn works tirelessly with Atlas Vineyard Management to methodically produce a stellar crop year after year. Established before today’s modern skinny tractors, the low yields of wide rows are compensated for with a unique double trunk / mid-wire cordon system that can only work in a well-ventilated, cool hillside site like this one.
This Limited Edition wine was crafted from grapes that were hand picked at night then gently pressed, whole-cluster, for over four hours (Champagne press cycle). After settling in the tank for 24 hours at 50°F, the juice was racked off its lies and transferred to 90% neutral and 10% new French Oak barrels to age for 10 months. A bright, clear, pale-yellow Chardonnay exhibiting classic Wente clone aromatics of white peach and wet stone accompanied by a long tangy citrus finish. While ready to drink now this wine can be cellared for over 10 years. 111 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.