Orientation: Santa Rita Hills-south, ocean facing canyon
Soil: Diatomaceous clay and limestone
Viticulture: Practicing biodynamic
Aging: 30% new wood. Coopers are predominantly Sirugue and Damy. Once in barrel the wines are left on the lees for a little over a year, racked off of the lees, blended in tank, and then put back down to barrel for a few more months. Then, the wines are evaluated once more, pulled to tank and bottled at around 18 months, unfined and unfiltered.
Production: 293 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.