Croix Estate Chardonnay “Narrow Gauge” 2021, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California

Founded in the act of political and economic defiance to existing rail-line hegemony, a narrow gauge movement flourished in the 1870’s opening the Pacific Northwest to rapid regional and economic expansion. The Croix Estate Narrow Gauge Chardonnay is a blend of select vineyards grown throughout Russian River Valley. A fuller, yet bright and refreshing style of Chardonnay, this wine has a golden straw presence in the glass with a bouquet of raw honey, marmalade, fresh citrus zest, toasted pine nuts, rocky flints, all spice, toasted oak and lusciousness on the nose that is ever so inviting. Island ripe pineapple, apple, stone fruit, and crisp pear leave the mouthwatering in a cascade of pleasure. Method: Whole custer press, via gravity flow to neutral French oak. Utilizing 100% native yeast primary and secondary fermentations. Aged in 40% new oak for 14 months. 15 barrels produced.