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.
This year’s offering from the estate vineyard shows a vast array of fruit: Golden Delicious apples, pears, grapefruit and exotic tropical fruits. There are hints of caramel pineapple and sweet oak on the palate. The mid palate has a champagne creamy characteristic, while maintaining the natural acidity that comes from mountain fruit.