* ORANGE BLOSSOM * GRANITE * BLENHIEM APRICOT *
Back in 2007, when we first set about planting the vines that would herald the return of the Scribe farm, we knew we wanted to include Chardonnay. It has remained one of our landmark varietals in the days since, and occupies a prominent place on the farm, hugging the right side of the palm-lined drive toward the Hacienda. These vines, now in their 8th vintage, faithfully produce fruit that showcase the Volcanic Tuff soils of Arrowhead Slope, and the salty Petaluma Gap breeze and the cool fog it brings each summer morning.
Over the years, we have experimented with many different vinification techniques and variations of Chardonnay, but the simplest, purest expression of these vines still stands out. We embrace it’s transparent nature through long cold fermentations in stainless steel and concrete, and arrest malolactic conversion to retain the inherent freshness and vibrancy. The wine ages on its heavy lees until bottling to capture natural texture and depth, without the use of oak. The result is a vibrant, floral wine, full of stone fruit characters and bright minerality; a pure and lively expression of the farm.
Film by Conor Hagen.