2018 Cuvée Number Five | Chardonnay
A sophisticated Chardonnay that playfully teases the palate.
A glistening greenish-gold hue as it splashes into the glass, the 2018 Cattleya Cuvée Number Five Chardonnay embodies the finest characteristics of this varietal in the cool, maritime climate of the Sonoma Coast. Tightly wound as it takes its first breath, this wine begins to open with each swirl; possessing notes of red apple skin, lemon peel, white peach, and distinct coastal aromatics of crushed rock and sea breeze. On the palate, complexity presents itself with flavors of baked apple, green pear, and stone fruit that marry with texture and palate weight from months of undisturbed lees contact in neutral French oak. Focused acidity on the finish showcases the purity of the fruit, all while suggesting this wine will continue to amaze for years to come.
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.
Each small lot was harvested at night in mid to late September. The fruit was delivered by dawn and all lots were hand sorted and gently pressed in a small bladder press. The free-run juice was carefully separated by taste, then settled overnight in stainless steel tanks before being transferred to barrels for native fermentation in French oak. After alcoholic fermentation, the wines underwent malolactic fermentation. This wine was aged in 85% neutral French oak over a period of 11 months, then bottled unfined and unfiltered.
This is a classically made Chardonnay with a lively mineral profile and alluring freshness derived from the maritime influence of the Sonoma Coast. Enjoy the complex notes of white peach and wet stone, complimented by focused acidity and a long textured finish.
Cases produced: 350 (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.