2018 Call to Adventure | Chardonnay
Do you hear it? The call to adventure beckons you…
Powerful aromatics of red apple, lemon curd, and Bosc pear combine with citrus blossom and mineral undertones to entice the senses. Richness and seamless texture envelop the palate as you heed the Call to Adventure.
THE VINEYARD SITE
The Pratt Vineyard is located in the heart of the Russian River Valley, a world-renowned AVA in California. The appellation benefits from a coastal influence and a cool climate, both favorable for making outstanding wines from Burgundian varieties. Only four rows of Clone 15 were planted about 20 years ago by Jim Pratt. Thanks to the intensity and complexity of the fruit produced from the site, this Cattleya Chardonnay reflects both the typicity and exceptional quality of white wines we can produce in Sonoma County from this delicate variety.
Harvest took place in the early morning hours of September 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 four months, followed by full malolactic fermentation. After an additional 11 months of peaceful aging in barrel, this wine was gently racked to tank before being bottled without fining or filtration.
Cases produced: 120 cases (9L equivalent) – 750 mL
THE MEANING BEHIND THE NAME
Starting my own winery marked the beginning of a new adventure: find vineyards from whose grapes I could craft exceptional wine. The Pratt Vineyard was the beginning of my quest to unearth these gems—unique sites that would speak to my soul. With this single bottling, I was able to showcase my approach to Chardonnay.