A sumptuous single-vineyard chardonnay from Green Valley, 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. Good drainage means the vines struggle a bit, and this wine knows what it wants to be.
Full of personality, the Cresta Ridge Chardonnay exudes bold, quirky aromatics of orange sherbet, lemon meringue pie, brioche, and a hint of rosemary. The palate is deeply layered, with a full mouthfeel. Vibrant lemon rind, olive oil, and hazelnut are delivered alongside exuberant acidity. Shimmering from start to long, honeyed finish.
Rated 92+ points by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
VITICULTURAL AREA: Green Valley of Russian River Valley
TERRAIN: Gentle west-facing slope
SOIL: Gold Ridge sandy loam
CLONES: Dijon 95, 76
CASES PRODUCED: 283
A vineyard designate wine is crafted with meticulous farming and artisan winemaking techniques to capture the essence of that vineyard, that year. Every grape in the bottle comes from one small plot of land. These limited-production wines represent vineyards our winemaker Virginia loves for their exceptional quality and character.