ARGOT 2015 Simpatico Ranch Chardonnay
VINEYARD Planted in 1978 in the volcanic soils and gently-sloped, south-facing foothills of Bennett Peak on Bennett Valley’s floor
PRODUCTION 150 cases
CUVEE 100% Chardonnay, Old-Wente selection
CRUSH Night harvested by hand on 9/16, whole-cluster pressed direct to barrel; no settling to ensure maximum lees contact
FERMENT Barrel fermented on heavy lees. Malolactic fermentation
AGING 19 months in French oak, 50% new. Finished 2 months in steel tank, low Sulphur during barrel elevage
NOTES Even our beloved Simpatico Ranch could not escape the vagaries of 2015’s growing season, and all the better for it! The vineyard’s earliest ever harvest — eclipsing 2014’s record by 8 days! — and smallest crop, 40% below average, exposed a reserve of exoticism and minerality these vines had prior left untapped. This wine is a watershed moment for vineyard and appellation.