2014 Peugh Vineyard Chardonnay

Santa Rosa, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County

We’re very pleased to finally be able to offer a white wine every year, and we thought that Chardonnay was a natural fit. This headÔÇÉtrained vineyard sits smack dab in the middle of the Russian River Valley, on the plains that make up the northwestern outskirts of Santa Rosa. The faded brown soils, known as Huichica loam, offer an excellent mix of low fertility and rapid drainage. Most notable about the site, however, is the age of the vines: we don’t know the exact age, but the best indication is that they were planted in the early 1940s, making it some of the oldest producing Chardonnay in the state.

This wine is wound far tighter than last year’s inaugural release; indeed, the nose is initially retiring and the aromatics slow to emerge. With air and a little warmth, notes of sweet flag and pungent celery seed come to the fore, supported by a hint of piney soil. The palate slowly unfurls to reveal waves of lanolin, white pepper, and a fleeting, juicy pungency. Precise acids guide the wine to a refreshing, cool finish. Drink now through 2021.

Alcohol: 13.4%.