Green Valley Ranch Chardonnay 2014
THE VINEYARD: Warren Dutton planted this Chardonnay vineyard in 1969 on an east-facing hillside west of the town of Graton. The clone he planted is known as the Rued Z Clone, and it produces exotic, highly identifiable fruit. Old vines produce clusters with tiny golden translucent berries. The grapes themselves have incredibly enticing flavors, floral aromatics, and tropical freshness.
LABEL STORY: Todd’s maternal grandparents left Orange County, California, and relocated to an 80-acre farm in the Central Valley. The change necessitated adjustments, but The Farmer, Grandpa Ray, kept at it, learning as he went and helping to raise adventuresome children and grandchildren.
TASTING NOTE: The Farmer showcases the unique character of the Chardonnay Rued Z clone, including a nose of citrus, white flowers and celery salt. The palate is a bit more refined, with a subtle appearance of oak. Focused acidity and a brightness of fruit make this wine one-of-a-kind.
Aging: 35% New French Oak, 10 months
Cases Produced: 298
Alc. BY Vol: 13.0