2020 / Chardonnay
2020 Sangiacomo Chardonnay
The 2020 Sangiacomo Vineyard Chardonnay is sourced from grapes grown at the Kiser Vineyard off Arnold Drive in the cool and windy Sonoma Carneros AVA just north of San Pablo Bay. This venerable appellation is highly regarded as one of the finest places in California to grow cool climate chardonnay. Winemaker Greg Stach’s passion for the highly desired and low yielding Old Wente selection, with its characteristic uneven berry sizing, allows him to craft a wine that give a true sense of place. Each lot was whole-cluster pressed and allowed to settle for two days before being racked to French oak barrels (35% new). An indigenous fermentation with yeast on the grapes ferments the wine to dryness and lees stirring is performed every two weeks to help create a creamy mouthfeel. The Chardonnay is encouraged to go through full malolactic fermentation and is bottled unfiltered.
French oak aged for 15 months (35% new)
Full Wine Specifications (PDF)
Pale yellow with highly expressive aromas of ripe yellow peach, caramelized pineapple, crisp yellow apple, ripe lemon, vanilla and baking spice and subtle floral notes. On the palate the wine is full bodied and richly layered with golden delicious apple, quince marmalade, and Asian pear. The mid-palate shows intriguing notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and citrus flowers all pleasantly matched with balanced acidity, leading to a moderately long finish with notes of toasted brioche, oak, and sustained fruit.
The 2020 Sangiacomo Chardonnay offers an attractive combination of bold ripe fruit, baking spice and savory elements with balanced acidity. It’s a versatile Chardonnay that is a great match to a wide variety of intensely flavored dishes and cuisines such as grilled pork chops with pineapple chutney or more subtlety flavored dishes like seared halibut with beurre blanc sauce.