Gundlach Bundschu Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2019, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California

The Bundschu family’s 150+ year-old vineyard is located on the southwestern slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains, just eight miles north of San Pablo Bay. The terrain below 150 foot elevation features gently sloping Huichica clay loam soils with gravel deposits and cooler growing conditions that deliver minerality and focused acidity. Wines grown in these blocks bear the Sonoma Coast designation to reflect their cool climate character. There are four distinct blocks of Chardonnay, including two blocks of 40+ year-old Heritage Selections and two blocks of Robert Young clone. 100% Chardonnay, Winemaking: whole cluster pressed; 80% barrel fermented, 20% stainless steel fermented; 0 malolactic fermentation. Cooperage 10 months in 100% Frend oak, 20% new. Tasting notes: Aromatic and bright with lemon rind, early harvest melon, jasmine blossoms, and minerals, this medium-bodied Chardonnay is full of juicy white nectarine and key lime balanced by zesty acidity and a clean finish belying its ample mouthfeel and texture. Perfect for sipping, quaffing, pairing, and changing opinions.