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The Hill Block is located in the Green Acres Vineyard which is owned and farmed by the renowned Sangiacomo family, and lies in the Carneros AVA in the Sonoma Coast appellation. This benchland property benefits from the cool San Francisco Bay winds, giving the chardonnay grapes plenty of crisp acidity and freshness.

Picked on October 7th, fruit for the 2014 Green Acres Hill Block Chardonnay was pressed off the skins before undergoing native yeast and full malolactic fermentation, which took place in barrel. B√Ętonnage occurred each day during primary fermentation and once per week after that. The chardonnay was aged for 11 months in French oak.

This dazzling wine begins with alluring aromas of peach, lemongrass, crisp apple and honeysuckle, with just a hint of sweet toast from aging in French oak. On the palate, layers of Meyer lemon, meringue, and nectarine are supported by crisp acidity. The wine finishes bright and fresh with hints of vanilla, lemon zest and tropical fruit.

Appellation
Sonoma Coast
Varietal
100% Chardonnay
Clones
Wente
Planted
1991
Yield
2.5 tons per acre
Soil
Red volcanic clay, volcanic ash and Rhyolite soil
Climate
Cool, heavily coastal-influenced location
Cooperage
35% new, 65% neutral oak; François Frères, Louis Latour, Damy
pH
3.51
Acid
6.6 grams per liter
Alcohol
14.3%
Production
Strictly limited production, only 175 cases produced
Cellar Recommendation
enjoy this wine through 2021

2014
Green Acres Hill Block
Chardonnay