2017 Ferrington Vineyard Chardonnay
Vineyard: The Ferrington vineyard lies just west of the town of Booneville in the Anderson Valley AVA. Originally planted in the early 1970s, it was one of the first commercial vineyards in the region. The tight narrow valley runs perpendicular to the Pacific Ocean, drawing the marine layer in at night blanketing the vineyard with cool air until late the next morning. The sandy loam topsoil runs a mere 3 feet deep before hitting a thin ripped clay layer sitting on top of Franciscan sandstone bedrock. The vines are given a very small amount of water, so between the low nutrient soil and very little irrigation, the vineyard produces small yields of 2-3 tons per acre. We receive a nice mix of clones - old Wente, Robert Young, and clone 76.
Winemaking: The grapes are picked at night around 21.5 brix, and delivered to the winery just before sunrise. We pressed the grapes immediately and settled overnight in an un-gassed tank before fermenting in barrel. The juice was not sulfured, and thus fermentation occurred naturally with native yeast. We never stirred while the wine aged on the lees for 18 months in 100% neutral French oak. We allowed around 80% of the barrels to go through malolactic naturally.
Production: 300 cases
(from Poe Wines)