2020
DU PRATT
VINEYARD CHARDONNAY

2020 Chardonnay | Du Pratt Vineyard |

Mendocino Ridge AVA

The Du Pratt Vineyard is part of the relatively newly designated, Mendocino Ridge AVA. What sets this AVA apart from Anderson Valley is not only its elevation (>1200 ft) but also its proximity to the Pacific (<10 mi). These elevations provide diurnal temperature shifts that are more moderate than the valley floor. (The highs are lower and the lows are higher.)

This provides for a longer growing season with low sugar (alcohol) and rich, acidic fruit. 

Total Cases Produced: 112

One Wine | Two Labels

100% malolactic fermentation: 16 mos, neutral French oak

% Alc by Vol: 12.7%

Winemaker: Wells Guthrie

 

Winemaker Notes: 

Aromatics: Citrus ( kumquat/meyer lemon), orchard fruit (asian pear/granny smith apples), saline minerality
Palate: medium bodied, citrus oil, liquid minerals, orchard fruits

Finish: vibrant acidity, lemon curd, long lingering, mouth watering finish

 

These old vines in sandy soils provide concentrated citrusy flavors with lemon curd and a chalky persistent finish. This wine can be enjoyed now for its racy mineral vibrancy but will certainly age for 10-15 years for those who enjoy their chardonnays with some age.


 

Du Pratt Vineyard

  • Planted in 1916, Chardonnay added in 1981

  • Old vines, sandy soils

  • Mountain grapes, 1600 ft elevation

  • Located in The Mendocino Ridge AVA, above the fog & frost of the Anderson Valley floor, 12 miles uphill and towards the ocean along Greenwood Road. The region is considered a northern extension of the Sonoma Coast AVA

  • Farmer: Dave Arrieta

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