English Hill Vineyard grows on a hilltop in Southern Sonoma Coast AVA. Overlooking Tomales and Marin Coast Range, weather is seldom hushed at this exposed site. When Pacific fog engulfs the vineyard, foliage and fruit are sodden. Wind comes in gales that deposit soil flecks in the folds of every leaf. Late August heat draws moisture from the ground, forming cracks in the sandy-clay loam.
This 2010 Chardonnay is our second from English Hill. Fruit from the 0.4 acre Wente clone block was pressed and fermented in one neutral French oak barrel and completed Malolactic fermentation.