2017 Integrato Chardonnay, Santa Cruz Mountains

2017 Integrato is 70% Split Rail and 30% Herr Vineyard.  Split Rail sits at 1700’ elevation on an old lake bed, looking down at the Monterey Bay over Eureka Canyon in Corralitos.  Being only 5 miles away from the Pacific Ocean, the maritime cooling influence, aka fog, creeps up Eureka Canyon and nestles in just below the vineyard, making it appear as if you are standing on an island in the sun, with the ability to step off the island and swim in the fog.  Soils are grey sandstone and clay primarily, with marble or limestone deep down.  30 year-old vines, mostly dry-farmed, Old Wente clone.  Herr Vineyard is a newer vineyard planted entirely to Mt Eden clone, and sits at 2500’ elevation high above Aptos.

Tasting Notes:
Chardonnay from Split Rail can lean more into the Meursault realm, with acid that is still quite pronounced for California, but with some nice tropical fruit, citrus and chamomile notes. Herr Vineyard, being a slightly warmer site, lends a deep richness to the wine, along with some vivid mineral tones.  This wine is meant for food!.

  • Hand harvested at 23-24º brix.
  • 50% whole cluster pressed.
  • Barrel fermented.
  • Aged 11 months on the lees in French oak and stainless steel, 15% new oak.
  • Partial malolactic fermentation.
  • Coopers:  Cavin Aphrodite (Fontainbleau), TN Coopers Odysé and Ambrosia Sweet.  
  • Yeast: Native, CY3079, ICVD47.
  • pH 3.45. TA 7.5g/L
  • Alcohol 14.1%.

Pressed to chilled tank, with minimal SO2 addition to the juice.  Chilled for 48 hours for clarification, and then moved to barrels for fermentation.  Inoculated after native fermentation had begun.  Fermented at ambient temp (+/- 70º) in barrel.  Post-fermentation inoculation of some barrels with MBR31 malolactic bacteria.  Batonnage every 2 weeks for 3 months.  Cold stabilized in-barrel for 14 days, then cold-racked via argon wand to tank 2 days prior to bottling.  Sterile filtered and bottled in late August of 2018.

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