2017 Home Ranch Chardonnay

The Sangiacomo family has farmed the Carneros region for generations.  This single-vineyard designate showcases the distinct character of their Home Ranch Vineyard.  Planted in 1982, these 30-plus-year-old vines have small yields of exceptionally dense grapes.  The result is wines with intensity and power, but also a refined elegance that comes from older wines.

Vineyards

The fruit for this wine comes from "Home 82," the oldest block at the Sangiacomo family's original homesteaad on the Sonoma County side of the cool, windy Carneros region.

Winegrowing

A wet winter with moderate rainfall, a mild spring and a warm summer created the ideal growing season. Very warm weather at the beginning of harvest accelerated the need to pick Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay in early September. Sustainable farming practices throughout the growing season were tailored to each block with the assistance of aerial photos produced using NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) technology. The fruit was hand-picked at dawn and sorted in the vineyard.

Winemaking

The grapes were gently whole-cluster pressed while the fruit was still cool. The juice was pumped to tank to cold-settle overnight before it was racked to barrel for primary and malolactic fermentation. The lees were stirred every two weeks to give the wine rich flavors and a creamy texture. Each barrel was hand-selected for this wine. Production was limited to 250 cases.

Tasting Notes

Upon release, the wine is straw yellow, but the color will deepen with age. The nose elicits scents of pink lady apple, pears, pineapple, vanilla and chamomile. Flavors of tropical fruit, peaches, vanilla and fresh apple pie are carried by bright acidity to a long finish punctuated by a creamy mouthfeel.

Recipe Pairings

Our favorite Joy of Cooking recipes for this wine include:

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