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The single-vineyard Ivywood Chardonnay is grown on a picturesque family farm in the coastal far-reaches of the Russian River Valley. Situated along a ridgeline above the village of Occidental, it is heavily influenced by coastal winds and fog. With a scant 1.5 acres of Chardonnay planted here, this is an exclusive wine.
The Sun Chardonnay is the golden counterpart to our Pinot Noir Barrel Selections. It is crafted from the best Chardonnay barrels of the vintage, with an emphasis on grapes from the Green Valley sub-appellation. Here, the long growing season allows for a drawn-out ripening process, resulting in small clusters with bright, fresh, complex character.
With aromatics of apple cinnamon cider, Madagascar vanilla, and peach cobbler, the 2016 Cresta Ridge Single Vineyard is Green Valley at its finest. This wine is so inviting - The palate is caramel, spice, sweet fruit, and texture. The finish offers notes of vanilla bean and pear tart. Beautiful balance and poise.
Less than 15 mi from the Pacific Ocean as the crow flies, the Ivywood vineyard is heavily influenced by the same natural forces that influence our Northern California coastline. The vineyard sits at 800 ft, with multiple row aspects, creating complexity and character. Due to its proximity to the coast, the vines struggle every year to ripen, and as a result, waiting for the right time to pick can be quite painful! That being said, our patience is almost always rewarded, and although the Chardonnay is always one of our last picks of the year, its always one of our most interesting wines.
The single-vineyard Knowlton Farms Chardonnay is organically grown on a beautiful farm in the sought-after Green Valley region, a Russian River sub-appellation in western Sonoma County. Here, fog drifts across Gold Ridge soil, a fine sandy loam that is the remains of an ancient inland sea.
A rare white wine in our Celestial Lineup, the Sun is a blend of Chardonnay vineyards throughout our most favorite region in the Russian River Valley, the Green Valley. Climate here is defined by the fog, blowing East through the Petaluma Gap and eventually settling in the Valley. This creates cool mornings, but burning off and giving way to sunshine in the afternoon. A diurnal dance that keeps acid pretty and flavors delicious.
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