2017 Portola Springs Vineyard Chardonnay
The 2017 vintage was an exceptionally stellar one for Chardonnay. The wines have the purity and focus we see in the best vintages. The fruit character is perfectly pitched and balanced by bright acidity and moderate ripeness. Portola Springs is always the most linear and focused Chardonnay in the stable.
Our steepest and most “extreme” site for Chardonnay, the Portola Springs Vineyard produces structured and precise Chardonnay. The soil is heavily streaked with basalt, the volcanic nature of these soils give the wine a freshness and linear nature that is decidedly different than much of the Estate. These meager soils and extreme exposure leads to a very unique expression of California Chardonnay. This is always one of the last blocks to be picked at the winery.
Record setting rains replenished our thirsty soils and gave our old vines a much needed reprieve from four drought stressed seasons. The 2017 vintage was another year of record setting heat, continuing our string of record setting temperatures. Luckily, Spring was mild and allowed us to set the best crop we have seen since 2012. A torrid heat spike over the labor day started the growing season with a bang and had us off and running at sprinter’s pace. The weather following was mild and allowed for the latest harvest we have seen in some time. It will go down as a vintage with good yields and potentially great quality.
Santa Cruz Mountains
Portola Springs Vineyard
From a vineyard planted in 1982 at an elevation of nearly 2,000 feet, this bottling begins with briny aromas of lemon and lime peel as well as a beach-sand and oyster-shell minerality, and a white-flower aspect. The palate is sharp and intense in texture, with energetic flavors of seared lemon peel and warm toast wrapped up very tightly. Drink now through 2037.
Food Pairing Notes
Matt Kettman, Wine Enthusiast. 93 points.