ARGOT 2015 Chardonnay Estate Vineyard Sonoma Mountain


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VINEYARD   Designed, installed, farmed and tended, Argot’s Estate Vineyard has been a labor of love since day one, that we are proud to own 100% control of. Planted on our steepest hillside, allowing for only 2,075 vines per acre (less dense than the Pinot Noir and Syrah blocks), with the goal to grow perfectly ripe fruit of significant intensity. Perched at 1000’ elevation on the NW-face of Sonoma Mountain at the far western edge of the AVA. Planted, 2009.

PRODUCTION   100 cases

CUVEE   100% Chardonnay, Old-Wente, Hyde selection

CRUSH   Night harvested by hand on 9/15, whole-cluster pressed direct to barrel, no settling for maximum lees contact

FERMENT   Barrel fermented on heavy lees; 100% malolactic fermentation

AGING  20 months in new French oak, finished 2 months in steel tank

NOTES   Planted in the steepest, coolest section of the vineyard. This Chardonnay block is the most meager producer in the entire portfolio. Yielding both tiny clusters and berries, these vines produce fruit of intense power and flavor, all while retaining a vibrant backbone of acidity owing to the cool-climate nature of the Estate Vineyard’s terroir. Year-to-year, average yields hover just above a paltry 2 tons per acre, resulting in a wine of significant intensity of character.