2017 Poseidon Vineyard "Sea Change"
Crisp green apple and zesty Meyer lemon mingle delicately with a touch of green melon pith on the nose. The fragrance is echoed in the mouth, with lemon zest and golden apple surrounding a mineral core. The bright mouth-watering acidity unfolds to a long, structured finish.
The maritime environment of the Carneros grape-growing region delivers cool, foggy mornings followed by warm days that slowly nurture ripening. This seaside influence is particularly acute at our Poseidon Vineyard; one can see the masts of boats bobbing in the water just a few steps to the south. With Sea Change Chardonnay, we offer a wine that embraces the natural acidity of our cool, windy, fog-bound vineyard by suppressing malolactic fermentation. Without this conversion of the grapes' malic acid (from malum, or “apple,” in Latin) to the softer lactic (“milk”) acid, the resulting wine retains a crisp snap and bright green apple character—a veritable Sea Change for Napa Chardonnay.
The year began with abundant rainfall. Spring weather was mild, resulting in extended flowering; vines were vigorous thanks to the winter rains. Three heat events, including one over Labor Day weekend, kicked harvest into high gear—but cool weather arrived immediately afterward, allowing sugar levels to return to normal.
Alex Beloz, Winemaker