All our wines are made entirely from our dry-farmed estate vineyards surrounding the winery on
top of Spring Mountain in the Napa Valley. Our goal is to make artisanal wines which are
distinctive and are an expression of both the vintage and us, as vintners, but above all else, are
wines which bring pleasure to the senses.
Our soils are mostly deep-red Aiken Stoney Clay loam, part of the Aiken, Kidd, Forward complex
of soils which are volcanic-based, well-drained and deep. The underlying geology is the very old
(250,000,000 years) Franciscan Series Assemblage, unique to California coastal ranges, which
includes altered mafic volcanic rocks, deep-sea radiolarian cherts, sandstones, limestones,
serpentines, shales and high-pressure metamorphic rocks, all of them faulted and mixed in a
seemingly chaotic manner as a result of the Pacific Tectonic Plate subducting under the
Continental Plate and shears both off into an aggregate mix. Overlying this formation is the much
younger weathered Sonoma Volcanic soil that forms our soils of today.
The first thing you notice about the 2018 Chardonnay is its lovely green/gold color. Then it’s the
oh-so-promising aroma: a little toasty, a little lemony, some stone fruit. This bodes well….
Sure enough, on the palate, the wine delivers as promised. And then some. It is firm, crisp and
full simultaneously without being the least bit ponderous. In spite of its power, it maintains a
graceful, elegant stance in perfect harmony with a succulent mid-palate. The second half of the wine transitions seamlessly to a long, clean, crisp and altogether lip-smacking finish. The overall impression is one of bright flavors, youthful vigor & superb structure. What a wine!
Fermentation: barrel fermented
Time in oak: 9 months
Oak: 55% new French oak
Total acidity: .79 g/100 ml
Cases produced: 945 cases
Winemakers & Winegrowers: Charles Smith & Stuart Smith