2020 The Temptress | Chardonnay
Temptation often leads to desire.
Unquestionably Californian with notes of ripe pear, lemon peel, brioche, and white flower blossoms bursting from the glass, this wine strikes a unique balance with its old-world counterparts as it showcases restraint on the palate through distinct mineral driven notes and flavors of lemon curd, crushed red apple, and almond skin. The finish presents an immensely textured mouthfeel backed by a pillar of vibrant, youthful acidity.
THE VINEYARD SITE
The Martaella Vineyard is located in the heart of the acclaimed Russian River Valley AVA in Sonoma County, California. This 42 acre vineyard, planted to both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, benefits from the cool, coastal influences of the Pacific Ocean, which allows for optimum growing conditions for these famed Burgundian varieties. The tight spacing of these meticulously farmed rows produces fruit with exceptional intensity and concentration of color and flavor. The end result is a wine of unmistakable purity that reflects the unique relationship between a truly special piece of land and the ideal climate
Harvest took place in the early morning hours of August 26th. All of the fruit was gently whole-cluster pressed and the juice was cold-settled overnight before racking to barrel the next day for native fermentation in 50% new French oak barrels. Primary fermentation continued steadily over the following five months, followed by full malolactic fermentation. After an additional 10 months of peaceful aging in barrel, this wine was gently racked to tank before being bottled without fining or filtration.
Cases produced: 200 (9L equivalent) – 750 mL
THE MEANING BEHIND THE NAME
With the hero tempted into desire by a goddess, so too does this wine tempt the senses as it shimmers in the glass. Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley has many recognizable traits due to the long, warm, sunny days and cool, foggy, coastal nights. So much of this is expressed through a delicate, yet pronounced balance of texture, volume and vibrant acidity. This bottling represents my desire to produce a Chardonnay that remains true to its roots and, more importantly, cannot be resisted.