We strive for a very friendly Chardonnay, with juicy tropical fruit flavors, a hint of creaminess, and a long, bright finish.
4 Stars ('11), Beverage Dynamics National Retailer Wine Panel: "Clean and pure with notes of kiwi, guava and pineapple and a touch of vanilla; hint of creaminess; wonderful value."
92 points ('11), Wilfred Wong.
“Best White Wine ('10)”, 2012 Vine to Wine Tasting Event.
100% Sustainably farmed; Lodi Rules certified.
From estate 15 year-old vineyards in Lodi. Classic Mediterranean climate. Warm days produce concentrated fruit, while cool nights (from the cooling Delta breezes) impart bright acidity. Well-drained rich mineral soils, sandy to clay loam.
Grapes are harvested cold in the middle of the night and received at the winery immediately after picking for gentle pressing. Juice is cold settled for 48 hours then inoculated with special yeast that enhances varietal character and sur lie aging. Juice is fermented at 55F for 20 days, then wine is sur lie aged for 12 months.
Partial malolactic fermentation.
25% aged with new French and American oak for 6 months.
Winemakers are David Akiyoshi and Karen Birmingham.
For five generations our family has lived and worked our land in Lodi, California, always striving to leave the land in a better state for the next generation.
The tree rings represent our family's long history sustaining our Lodi land.