2019 Call to Adventure | Chardonnay
Do you hear it? The call to adventure beckons you…
A great representation of power, purity and finesse, this is a wine that offers ripe aromatics of baked apple and Meyer lemon tart, with hints of toasted almond skin. Unquestionable richness and concentration on the palate are harnessed by focused, refreshing acidity and a textured, complex mouthfeel.
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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 for this singular wine took place in the predawn hours of September 24th. All of the fruit was whole-cluster pressed and the juice repeatedly tasted before being transferred to a stainless steel tank where it was cold-settled overnight then racked to barrel the next day for native fermentation in 30% new French oak barrels. Slow but steady, primary fermentation continued into early 2020 and finally completed in February. Undisturbed aging on the lees continued for an additional 11 months in barrel and preceded a gentle, clean racking to tank before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Cases produced: 100 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.