VINEYARDS & WINEMAKING
Grapes are hand-harvested from two vineyards in the Sonoma Coast AVA - 100% Sonoma Coast - coming from both the cold coastal regions of the Sonoma Coast and the eastern end of the Petaluma Wind Gap. Robert Young Clone Chardonnay adds minerality and freshness, while old Wente Clone planted on the Goldridge soils brings weight and tropical fruits. 100% of the wine was fermented in barrel, with full spontaneous malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged in 100% French oak barrels (mostly Damy with some Cavin and Tremeaux), 25% of which were new, with occasional lees stirring.
A warm summer in the Sonoma Coast provided for a lush core of ripe peach and pineapple. These fresh fruit notes are balanced by richer flavors of toasted hazelnuts, marzipan, and toasted coconut from barrel aging. Overall, the Valravn Chardonnay walks the delicate line between high toned freshness and the more powerful flavors of the barrel-fermented Chardonnay.