2019 Cuvée Number Five | Chardonnay
A sophisticated Chardonnay that playfully teases the palate.
Framed upon a profile of bright and complex aromas of lemon zest, crisp pear, and honeysuckle, this Chardonnay draws in the senses with its purity and focus. Flavors of lemon curd, fresh vanilla bean, and crushed rock harmonize with the complex, textured mouthfeel, focused acidity, and lengthy finish to create a wine that is a true representation of the potential of this famed AVA.
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Beyond the unquestionable allure and beauty of Sonoma County lie an amazing number of microclimates, soil conditions, and distinct geographies conducive to growing and making wonderful wines. This incredible diversity has resulted in over sixteen sub regions in this county alone, one of which is the Sonoma Coast. The 2018 vintage marks the second iteration of Cuvée Number Five. The wine is a blend of three distinctive clones of Chardonnay (Clone 4, Clone 76, and Clone 78) from two vineyard sites.
The fruit that comprises this stunning cuvée was hand harvested from high elevation blocks starting in mid September and continuing until the end of the month. Upon delivery to the winery, the fruit was slowly hand sorted to remove any undesired cluster and preserve only the highest quality berries. After gentle bladder pressing, the pristine juice was cold-settled overnight to allow for clean racking the following day to 45% new French oak barrels. Primary fermentation was carried out in barrels with only native yeast, allowing for the preservation of bright, pure fruit flavors. This wine aged peacefully in our cellar for 15 months before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Cases produced: 300 (9L equivalent) – 750 mL
THE MEANING BEHIND THE NAME
After five years of making of my own label, this blend was born. Number Five is the most dynamic and energetic of all the numerical cuvées. It is unpredictable, always in motion, and a wine that challenges as much as it delights. I have always seen the coastal maritime influence present in the appellation as giving the region an ever-changing, constantly in motion quality. My hope is to capture the region’s mercurial nature in this single bottling.