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Arnot Roberts, Trout Gulch Vineyard, Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay 2020
United States / White

Arnot Roberts, Trout Gulch Vineyard, Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay 2020

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Striking Chardonnay from 80 year old vines grown on sandy loam soil in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Whole cluster pressed, fermented in stainless steel by native yeasts, aged in neutral French barrel. Very concentrated and electric with notes of citrus and pineapple mint, alpine white flowers and under-ripe yellow orchard fruit. Stony Chablisienne minerality rockets the penetrating finish into the stratosphere! Not your Grandmother's California Chardonnay.

Notes from Arnot Roberts:

The Trout Gulch Vineyard is tucked within a dark and forested coastal canyon at 600’ above the sleepy village of Aptos, about 4 miles from the ocean in Santa Cruz County. This beautiful and pioneering site was planted by Bernard Turgeon in 1980 to the old Wente clone of Chardonnay, which is considered by many to be the heritage selection of Chardonnay in California. As with many of our sites, Trout Gulch lies at the absolute edge of ripening potential for the grape variety. We feel fortunate for the visionary farmers that planted vines in such marginal locations when we were children, so that we have the honor of working with them now in our adulthood. The soils in this cool site are fine sandy loam and the vines are carefully tended by Richard Alfaro and his top-notch crew. Harvest at Trout Gulch often stretches until mid-October and this long, slow growing season results in wines that are high in natural acidity, strong minerality, and have notable salinity on the palate. We are excited to work with such a special site and think the Chardonnays we have produced so far from this plot will age well in the cellar for years to come.

Country
United States
Sub-Region
Santa Cruz Mountains
Region
California
Varieties
Chardonnay
Farming
Organic
Soil
Sandy loam
Winemaking
Whole cluster pressed, fermented in stainless steel by native yeasts, aged in neutral French barrels.