Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay; Oak profile and aging: Hand harvested and whole cluster pressed cold to tank, racked to barrel for cool barrel fermentation on lees. Bâttonage for 2 months and barrel aged for 10 months on 38% new French oak.
Displaying the graceful energy that has become a trademark of Running Creek Vineyard, this lovely Chardonnay unfurls in supple layers of Fuji apple, Meyer lemon and delicate white flower notes. On the palate, the texture is broad and mouth-filling, with bright acidity and French-oak inspired hints of vanilla and spice adding nuance to a long, elegant finish.
2019 was an amazing year for cool-climate varietals. With plentiful spring rains, the growing season got off to a great start, especially for our dry-farmed Running Creek Estate. The season continued to provide ideal conditions, with cooler spring weather, moderate summer temperatures, and warm days in the runup to harvest. We picked each vineyard exactly when we wished, resulting in bright, crisp Chardonnays with pure, elegantly delineated flavors and vibrant and concentrated Pinot Noirs with silky, refined tannins.