ARGOT 2015 Simpatico Ranch Chardonnay
Bennett Valley

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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.