2017 Grower Collection Chardonnay, El Novillero Vineyard, Carneros
El Novillero Vineyard, Carneros
Planted by the legendary Sangiacomo family, El Novillero is situated on a windswept section of rocky Carneros benchland. There, well-drained rock and gravel soils create naturally small crops of beautifully concentrated Chardonnay. Our block of El Novillero features Robert Young Clone Chardonnay planted in 1993. These older vines yield a dazzling wine that combines hedonistic depth, with elegance and finesse. In the winery, the wine underwent 100% malolactic fermentation and was aged in 42% new French oak barrels.
This Chardonnay offers captivating aromas of quince, apricot and Meyer lemon, underscored by sumptuous notes of crème fraiche and brioche, and French oak-inspired hints of clove, cardamom and vanilla. Though round and silky on the palate, an undercurrent of bright acidity adds poise and precision to lush fruit flavors, with notes of orange zest, hazelnut and spice adding nuance to a lingering finish.
2017 Grower Collection Chardonnay, Calesa Vineyard, Petaluma Gap
Exposed to the fog and wind that funnel through the Petaluma Gap, Calesa is a cool-climate vineyard where Chardonnay ripens slowly, developing pure, vibrant flavors and ideal acidity. Farmed by acclaimed grower Oscar Renteria in shallow, gravelly loam soils, our prized hillside blocks at Calesa feature several exceptional clones of Chardonnay. In addition to producing naturally low yields, this diversity of clonal material results in a complex and layered wine with beautiful notes of citrus, tropical fruit and spice.
The 2017 growing season yielded a radiant expression of Chardonnay at Calesa Vineyard, with inviting aromas of Meyer lemon, orange zest and hints of tropical flowers. On the palate, luxurious layers of brioche, melted butter and baking spices add depth and complexity to flavors of lemon drop, lychee and apricot, with fine-tuned acidity and subtle hints of smoke and sweet oak carrying through to a long, satisfying finish.
2017 Grower Collection Pinot Noir, Dutton Ranch, Russian River Valley
In 1967, legendary grower Warren Dutton planted his first vineyard, and helped to establish Russian River Valley as one of the world’s great appellations for Pinot Noir. Today, his sons, Steve and Joe, carry on Warren’s legacy and have established Dutton Ranch as one of the region’s preeminent vineyards. This wine is made using grapes from some of the most prized sections of Pinot Noir at Dutton Ranch. Nestled in the cool, foggy hills above the Russian River Valley, the result is a wine with remarkable depth and concentration.
This rich and expressive Pinot Noir begins with aromas of currant, crème de cassis, and dark cherry, followed by subtle notes of anise, clove, mocha and rose petals. On the palate, silky tannins add length and polish to flavors of wild berry and pomegranate, with hints of white pepper and nutmeg providing nuance to the lingering finish.
HUMO BLANCO Sauvignon Blanc 2018 Lolol Valley - CHILE
VARIETY: 100% Sauvignon Blanc. (Clone 242) - A highly aromatic variety of French origin (Loire and Bordeaux) producing very fruity and lively wines.The grapes are handpicked early in the morning and immediatly brought to the cellar and stored to preserve the freshness of the aromas. Intense aromas, with a first nose of green asparagus mixed with tropical fruits like guava and passion fruit.
HUMO BLANCO Pinot Noir 2018 Lolol Valley - CHILE
VARIETY: 100% Pinot Noir - the red grape variety used to produce the famous Côte D’Or red wines in Burgundy. It is among the most delicate of varieties, owing to its refinement and ability to reflect the terroir, only unveiling its qualities when grown in the noblest soils, with low yields, and vinified with care. Thrives in cool climates. A hint of cloves and other spices intermingle with the overall aromatic complexity. The wine is supported by a smooth, supple structure and fresh flavors, confirming that the Lolol valley provides exceptional conditions for this grape.