Gundlach Bundschu Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2021, 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. “This vintage, like the last, was a challenge for our team as we were once again faced with severe drought conditions. The historic lack of rainfall led to little soil moisture when the vines awoke from dormancy. Testing the stress level of the vines allowed us to coax just enough canopy growth to ripen a small but concentrated crop across all varietals. The average age of our Chardonnay vines on Rhinefarm is 30 years old. Included in this blend, are the second oldest Chardonnay vines in California – planted in 1970.” Tasting notes: Aromatic and inviting, our Estate Chardonnay opens with the alluring aroma of freshly baked cardamom buns. The palate is fresh and complex, layering flavors of lemon zest, beeswax, and lemon verbena that delightfully linger on the palate. 100% Chardonnay. while cluster pressed. 90% barrel, 10% stainless steel fermented.