PRODUCT: Sea Sun Chardonnay
The "sea" is the Pacific Ocean, with its cooling breezes and gusts of wind. The "sun" is a balancing presence, its warmth shining down day after day. These two forces shape "Sea Sun:' a California Chardonnay whose character speaks to the unique terrain where it is grown near the coast - Santa Barbara County, Monterey County, and the little-known Solano County, where the land we farm bears the maritime influence of San Francisco Bay.
All three of these regions provide ideal conditions for growing Chardonnay, enjoying ample sun and coastal weather. We have been producing Chardonnay from both Monterey and Santa Barbara vineyards for some time and recently expanded into Suisun Valley- a hidden gem tucked within Solano County that is only a 40-minute drive from Napa Valley and has the potential to make extraordinary wine. We also grow Chardonnay near Suisun on land that lies in the San Francisco Bay appellation.
Tasting notes: A pale straw color with sunshiny highlights, Sea Sun has a subtle nose, with scents of lightly grilled mango, soft butterscotch, juicy red apple and newly ripened pineapple and apricot. Hints of a springtime meadow, fresh sea air and a trace of smokiness add intriguing layers. Entry on the palate is round and creamy, with flavors of lemon curd and brown spice on the mid-palate. This wine's fruit flavors, oak and acidity are seamlessly integrated, with no one element standing out. The finish has a grippy, toasty quality, with notes of cinnamon and lemon squares.