Vintage: 2013
Bottle sizes: 750 ML
Country: USA
Region: California
Appellation: Santa Rita Hills
Wine type: White
Varietals: Chardonnay
Biodynamic: Practicing
Vineyard: Wenzlau Estate Vineyard
Orientation: Santa Rita Hills-south, ocean facing canyon
Soil: Diatomaceous clay and limestone
Viticulture: Practicing biodynamic
Vinification: Pressed to tank, settled over night, racked off of heavy lees to another tank where fermentation started. Once active, it was transferred to about 25% new wood (French Oak) and the rest to older French oak barrels. No stirring during primary or secondary fermentation and ML went all the way through. Once done with ML the wines were sulphured and left on the lees for a total time in barrel just shy of one year and racked to tank to rest for four months prior to bottling.
Aging: 25% new French oak for 16 months
Production: 233 cases
Notes: This small, family vineyard is just 12 ½ planted acres (5 ½ Chardonnay, 7 Pinot Noir), yet it sits on a 100-acre parcel that runs from the Santa Ynez River up through the hills & canyons of the Santa Rita Hills. This provides the vineyard with ample untouched space for constant air circulation and natural biodiversity that we believe is extremely beneficial for growing the best quality fruit. Sandwiched between the larger Sea Smoke & Mt. Carmel Vineyards, Wenzlau Vineyard enjoys the steady ocean breeze that comes through the southwest facing canyon from the Pacific Ocean just 7 miles as the crow flies.
Publication: Wine advocate
Rating: 91
Publication: Vinous
Rating: 92