In 2017 vines leapt into action with replenished water tables and full reservoirs after years of drought. Vegetative growth early in the season was strong, but not excessive, and crop yields were moderate to heavy in some areas. Ripening accelerated in July and vineyard sites across Sonoma County were looking like they would be ready to pick at a similar time. This compressed harvest for most but we found a healthy difference between our coastal properties and those slightly inland. Harvest saw a severe heat wave which caused concern in warmer areas but the coast stayed relatively protected and delivered typical acid-driven fruit with good phenolic ripeness. The entire harvest wrapped weeks before the devastating 2017 North Bay fires.
Our appellation series has always been about approachable elegance. We want the fruit to do the talking and the 2017 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is just that. This vintage bursts with tropical notes like toasted coconut, pineapple, and hints of butterscotch. It’s golden and expressive. We produce this wine so we don’t feel bad about opening a bottle to share with friends as-is or paired with a spread of cheese. It’s meant to be enjoyed and that can be almost however you want.