2009 Sierra Madre Chardonnay

Originally planted in 1971, Sierra Madre Vineyard is now home to 91.4 acres of Chardonnay and 64.22 acres of Pinot Noir, Most of the original vines were replanted by then Byron Winemaker, Ken Brown. Because of Pinot Noir’s extreme clone sensitivity, Brown was meticulous in his quest to combine each desirable rootstock and clone, to create a veritable winemaker’s candy store of combinations. This allows Sierra Madre customers the opportunity to work with their preferred combination, or to use different combinations as components to complete the finished wine

The light-textured, well-drained, sandy-loam soils nourish the low-yielding vines to set clusters with small berries, intense with fl avor, color and concentration. The unique coastal climate slows ripening allowing for extended ‘hang-time’ to deliver vibrant fruit character, while retaining crisp, fresh acidity in the resulting wines.

TASTING NOTES:

Medium yellow color. This Chardonnay exhibits an intriguing nose of butterscotch, caramel, peach sorbet, then followed up with ripe fig, apricot, and vanilla bean. The flavors are seamless expressions of the aroma profile and are paired with hints of passion fruit and guava. While the initial texture seems rich, the vibrant acidity helps create layers in this hedonistic wine, leading to a cleansing finish. Drink now through 2017

Bill Brosseau, Director of Winemaking