The 2012 Gold Ridge Chardonnay is a blend of two vineyards on the West section of Sonoma Coast. The Petersen and Antonio Mt. vineyards are the last to come into the winery. The vineyards were night picked and brought directly to the press to be whole cluster pressed. From the press to the barrels where they undergo both alcoholic and malolactic fermentation, sur-lees. The wines are blended and bottled in August after 11 months in barrel.
With a diverse range of aromatics, it’s the citrus and tropical fruit that stand out. Hints of fresh green apple linger as it opens. The toast and spice components are in the early stages of reaching full integration. There are emerging elements of a cr`me brûlée like richness on the palate surrounded by a silky acid matrix. It is showing zesty lemon and fresh pear with a center core of tropical white fruit and sweet tangerine. The aging potential for this wine should be exceptional given the bright acidity and complex fruit profile. This will age nicely over the next 3-5 years.