Wild Oak Vineyard
Gold Medal | Sonoma County Harvest Fair | 2022
Tropical on the nose, our 2020 wild Oak Chardonnay greets you with scents of fresh pineapple and lemon peel. Notes of marzipan and light cream cascade the palate before a snappy acidic finish. The Sonoma Valley’s fog-coated mornings that transition into sun-soaked afternoons reflect the wine’s balance of high acidity, spice, and creaminess.
The 2020 growing season enjoyed near-perfect growing conditions. With minimal rain this winter, the vines were awakened with ideal moderate, spring-time temperatures which eliminated any frost threat to the developing buds. At most sites, fruit set was during the optimal timeframe due to warm, consistent conditions. Veraison occurred 7-10 days earlier than previous years due to the temperate weather and minimal rain. Moderate daytime temperatures and cool nights throughout the summer months with a few of the normal short-lived heat spikes allowed for excellent flavor development. The year saw an early harvest with 90% of the region’s grapes being picked before wildfires threatened the region in late Fall.
Our Estate Wild Oak vineyard was planted to four different chardonnay clones in order to offer a variety of complexity through aromas & textures. For this vintage, winemaker Katie Madigan combines clone 76 which produces a spicier more mineral driven chardonnay, clone 95 which adds a richness in the mouthfeel, and a touch of tropical notes from clone 548.
Each clone is picked & fermented separately in bbl. Hand stirring occurs 2x/week after alcoholic fermentation, and when mouthfeel + acidity are in balance malolactic fermentation is halted & the wine begins its elevage period. The wine stays in bbl for 8 months without racking, until the final blend is created right before bottling.