A row of barrels in the Relic cave.

2014 The Sage Chardonnay

We choose all of our sites because they are uniquely capable of producing wines with character, complexity, balance and precision. Since 2011, two very special parcels at Dutton Ranch planted to Old Wente clone in the 1980’s have been the source for The Sage. In 2014, the balance of sunshine, warmth, yields and soil came together magically, helping us to create our favorite expression of Relic Chardonnay to date. Fresh aromas of lemon marmalade, lime oil, pink grapefruit, wet stones, Ceylon cinnamon and light vanilla explode from the glass. The palate has an almost inimitable balance of lush fatness and vivid refreshment, featuring deep, layered, transparent flavors that echo the aromatics. The finish is a kaleidoscope of recurring citrus, spice and stone that has sneaky and persistent length.

  • 100% Chardonnay
  • Old Wente Clone Chardonnay
  • barrel-fermented and aged in 44% new French Oak
  • from the Dutton Ranch near Occidental
  • 8 and a half barrels yielded 205 cases

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