2018 La Cruz Chardonnay
Wente, Clone 4, Dijon 15 and Dijon 17
September 14-19, 2018
25% New French Oak LeRoi, Cadus
The 2018 La Cruz Chardonnay is bright and has a beautiful golden color. The wine shows aromas of tropical and stone fruit with a hint of vanillin oak. The wine is expressive in the mouth and exhibits green apple, pear, wet stone, white flowers, caramel, butter toast texture with a long, mouthwatering finish of acidity.
The ancient seabed of the San Pablo Bay is mineral-rich, with clay soils that define La Cruz Vineyard. This site is located in the lower portion of the property and sheltered more from the wind. Typical to this vineyard is a bright acidity and signature spice notes. Planted here are Wente, Clone 4, and the Dijon clones 15 and 17, from which La Cruz Chardonnay is made.
Our Chardonnay was harvested in the cold night and came in at 23.3 Brix. The fruit was pressed using a gentle cycle, the juice settled for 12 hours prior to racking in barrels where they went through a primary and second fermentation. Our 2018 La Cruz Chardonnay is filtered but not fined. We used Nomacorc 100 closure, with a specific low oxygen ingress rate, eliminating any oxidation. It is a 100% plant-based closure with a carbon-neutral footprint, aligning with our mission.