Winery notes: Nicknamed "Islands in the Sky" for the ridgetops that sit above the fog line surrounded by a sea of clouds, the Mendocino Ridge Appellation is the only non-contiguous AVA in the US. Comprised of vineyards at the elevations of at least 1,200 ft., this AVA consists of just around 18 vineyards. One of these unique sites is the Mariah Vineyard, which sits at 2,600 ft., overlooking the Pacific. The Chardonnay from this site has pronounced minerality and a distinct saline quality that results from the coastal influence, and because the vineyard is dry farmed.
Whole-cluster pressed. Fermented and aged in neutral French oak puncheons for 13 months. This elegant Chardonnay has an expansive texture and a focused beam of acidity. Notes of stone fruit, pear, and fresh peach lead into citrusy, briny flavors, along with wet slate. Layered, juicy, and polished. 125 cases produced.
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