The 2014 vintage Estate Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay shows crisp citrusy palmello / grapefruit, and honeydew melon in the nose. Oak, spice, vanilla and a touch of butter from the secondary ML fermentation blends well with the refreshing citrus fruits on the palate; while the crisp acidity contributes to the refreshing nature of this chardonnay.
The Estate Chardonnay is planted to the rare and difficult to cultivate Mt. Eden clone. This plant material, brought by Paul Masson from Burgundy’s Corton-Charlemagne and shipped around the Horn to San Francisco in the 1860’s, turned out to be important beyond its source. Little did Masson know that he was preserving the world’s only example of pre-phylloxera Corton- Charlemagne. The original vineyard in France died out long ago.