The 2016 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast comes mainly from Martinelli's Charles Ranch vineyard, with vines planted in 1982. Grapes are whole-cluster pressed and fermented in barrel with bâtonnage, then aged 12 months in 12% new French oak. It has a lovely toasty nose with buttered popcorn hints over lemon pith, soft melon and stone. Medium to full-bodied, it has concentrated ripe fruits in the mouth with accents of toast and roasted almonds, lifted by great tangy acidity and finishing very long and very lively. 3,017 cases produced, to be released in July 2019.
- October, 2019, Erin Brooks