2019 Skycrest Vineyard Chardonnay, Anderson Valley
This elusive vineyard is Anderson Valley's highest at 2500ft above the town of Boonville. It's pitched on a series of ridges 20 miles from the Pacific, on hard, mountainous, soils of grey shale, decomposed sandstone, and quartz crystal. The clonal material differs by block - this wine is a blend of clone 72, planted in 2011, and clone 4, planted in 2006. The extremity of this site requires attentive farming and a willingness to work with very low yields.
2.34 tons harvested by hand on Sept. 17th and 25th. Clones 72 and 4 fermented separately on wild yeasts in neutral oak barriques and puncheons. Completed a naturally occurring malolactic fermentation. Aged for 10 months in barrel, and 6 months is steel drums. Bottling done without fining or filtration.