98 Points, Best of Class at the 2021 International Women's Wine Competition
Only available in retail stores due to short supply
Lodi (Mokelumne River)
This wine is pale lemon in color and presents complex aromas of ripe pear, lemongrass and butterscotch. The mouthfeel is full bodied with flavors of lemon rind, vanilla, and hazelnut on the entry. Combined together the aromas and mouthfeel create a creamy mid-palate with a lingering crisp acidity. Supple tannins are intertwined with the ripe fruit on the finish.
The grapes sourced for this wine primarily come from Mohr-Fry Vineyard. This is situated about 7 miles from the Oak Farm Winery in the Mokelumne River sub AVA. This vineyard has a vertical shoot position trellis system and is located on Tokay sandy soil. Minimal leaves are pulled to allow air throughout the vineyard and vines, but does not sunburn the berries. This sight is warm during the day to help develop and ripen the berries, but cools down at night which helps maintain balance and preserve acidity.
This 2020 Chardonnay was hand harvested early in the morning from Mohr-Fry Vineyards in the Mokelumne River sub AVA. The grapes were quickly whole-cluster pressed upon arrival to the winery. 48 hours later the juice was racked to two stainless-steel tanks. One tank was allowed to ferment with yeast indigenous to the vineyard and the other tank a commercial yeast was added. Once fermentation started, both tanks were transfered to French oak barrels (20% new oak) and finished fermenting. The wine proceeded to go through full malolactic fermentation and lees stirring was employed every two weeks to build a creamy and complex mouthfeel. The wine was bottled after 5 months in barrel.