2015 Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay, "One Sky"

Sonoma Mountain

Sonoma Mountain, 2,300 feet tall at its peak, is the source of this beautiful Chardonnay. Our “One Sky” Chardonnay delights with a balance of oak spice, lush fruit and pert acidity. Your palate is greeted with rich, toasty aromas of baked pie crust elegantly framed by hints of ripe lime and nutmeg spice. Luscious apricots and
candied nuts explode on entry. Undertones of butterscotch lead to a delicious lemon curd and crème brulée finish. Our “One Sky” Chardonnay shows off the richness and complexity of Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay and has become a favorite at Three Sticks.

Released February 7th, 2017 

Price: $50

 

Other Information

Sonoma Mountain is renowned for its hillside terrain, little knolls and foggy valleys. This diversity creates unique microclimates and soil types. The grapes for this “Old Wente” selection Chardonnay were grown on an eastern facing slope at 900’ to 1,100’ elevation. The soil is red iron volcanic over calcareous strata. Early morning sun plus protection from heat and wind provide a layered, multidimensional wine.

The 2015 vintage proceeded with dry weather, extending our drought for its fourth year. Warm weather started the year, which caused early flowering mirroring the previous couple of growing seasons. In spring the climate changed dramatically, heavy winds and cool spells hit the valley. The effects of this weather pattern caused fruit set to be extremely variable and by July we were ready for harvest. We picked earlier than ever and received our grapes into the cellar by August. Overall, the effect of our early budbreak and resulting weather was that our yields were down 25%. While this isn’t great for the amount of wine we can produce, what was left for us turned out to be fantastic. Small, concentrated berries allowed us to create richly flavored and textured wines. Like many things in life, the 2015 vintage demonstrated the beauty of the adage “less is more”.

APPELLATION:
Sonoma Mountain
VARIETAL CONTENT:
100% Chardonnay
CLONES:
Wente
SOIL:
Volcanic and Limestone
FERMENTATION:
100% French Oak
MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION:
100%
BARREL AGING:
15 Months
BARREL COMPOSITION:
100% French Oak, 60% New
TOTAL ACIDITY (ta) :
6.3 g/L
pH:
3.43
ALCOHOL CONTENT:
14.2%
PRODUCTION:
241 Cases
RELEASE DATE:
February 7, 2017