A row of barrels in the Relic cave.

2010 The Sage Chardonnay

Our first 100% Chardonnay comes from 45-year-old vines planted to the venerable Old Wente clone in the heart of the Russian River Valley. The cool growing season allowed for particularly long hang-time, producing a wine with great clarity and detail. We whole-cluster pressed and barrel-fermented the wine in 50% new French oak barrels, where it also underwent full malo-lactic fermentation. The result is a wine chock full of lemon, flint and clove notes with a hint of exotic passion fruit. It is mouthfilling and rich, while remaining beautifully balanced and bright. Schatzi, our resident Chardonnay and white Burgundy fanatic approves. Unfined and unfiltered.

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