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2014 Zephyr Farms Chardonnay

Chardonnay
ELEV. 525 FT. / PACIFIC OCEAN 6.7 MI.
Sonoma Coast

Vineyard

The 2014 Zephyr Farms Chardonnay is the fourth vintage Red Car has produced of this wine and it continues to amaze us by its incredible Chablis-like minerality. Vintage after vintage, this vineyard provides our fans with a distinctly different version of what California Chardonnay is known to be. In 2014, we were able to pick at naturally high acid levels, giving this wine a distinct freshness and vivacity with its palate-cleansing brightness. This is an intensely perfumed Chardonnay, with enticing aromas such as jasmine, hibiscus, orange blossom and wild sage. In addition to the characteristic Prosser clone tastes of wet stone and key-lime, this bright, zesty wine finds balance by delivering a fleshy, savory melon flavor mid-palate. The Zephyr Farms Vineyard is the most focused of the Red Car Chardonnays.

Taste

Gardenia, honeydew, sage

Philosophy

Red Car is focused on growing Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah in a network of cold-climate vineyards on the edge of the Pacific in the West Sonoma Coast. We are hands-on farmers, part of a small cadre of wineries in our region who are fortunate to grow a large majority of our own fruit. For several years now we have worked hard to go beyond sustainability and have integrated the concepts and principles of organic and permaculture systems into our farming as we search for nature’s ideal pathways. Our wines are made in small lots utilizing minimalist intervention techniques like wild yeast fermentation, gravity flow, and natural acid.

Specs

Vineyard
Zephyr Farms Vineyard
Alcohol
12.8%
Appellation
Sonoma Coast
Cases Produced
75 Cases
Average Brix
20.7°
Acidity
8.5 g/L
French Oak
100% Neutral
pH
3.2
Clones
Prosser
Soil Type
Goldridge
Barrel Aging
15 months

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