Carneros, Ceja Vineyard

Vineyard: Sourced from the renowned Ceja Family vineyards on the Sonoma side of Carneros, Right outside Armando Ceja’s front door. From Robert Young field cuttings (Clonal variation in a single block)
Grower: Armando Ceja and company.
Harvest: One in the morning, October, 2011
Brix: 24.6
Ferment: Whole cluster pressed to barrel, then barrel fermented on wild yeast, full malolactic, no stirring, no racking
Elevage: 12 months in barrel, 20% new French Oak
Alcohol: 14.5%
Production: 290 cases

TASTING NOTES: Brilliant golden in color, this classically luscious Chardonnay is more Meursault than Chablis, and that's what’s intriguing about it. Opens with a wave of multilayered aromas of lemon curd, green apples and a hint of vanilla, harbingers of the rich and vibrant palate to follow. Fresh Bartlett pears and granny smith apples dominate the flavor profile, and the long, luxurious finish hints at white flowers and preserved lemons. Drink now (at 55º), or cellar until 2020.