Exposed to the fog and wind that funnel through the Petaluma Gap, Calesa is a cool-climate vineyard where Chardonnay ripens slowly, developing pure, vibrant flavors and ideal acidity. Farmed by acclaimed grower Oscar Renteria in shallow, gravelly loam soils, our prized hillside blocks at Calesa feature several exceptional clones of Chardonnay. In addition to producing naturally low yields, this diversity of clonal material results in a complex and layered wine with beautiful notes of citrus, tropical fruit and spice.
Balancing lovely textural richness with finely tuned acidity, this radiant Chardonnay displays aromas of apricot, tropical flowers, lemon zest and lychee, with hints of crème fraiche, melted butter and baking spices adding depth and complexity to the fruit-driven aromas. On the palate, a lush, creamy texture frames the ripe citrus flavors, with subtle layers of French oak and baking spices lingering on the long, silky finish. Aromatically the wine has notes of meyer lemon, orange zest, and a hint of tropical flowers. On the palate the wine is creamy with notes of melted butter, and brioche, as well as fruity flavors of lemon, lychee, and apricot with lingering notes of fine tobacco smoke.