This Chardonnay comes from a small block in the Russian River Valley, grown by our friend and longtime grape grower Andrew Forchini. Fermented cold and slow in a combination of barrels, we are proud to be able to once again bring a bottling of this rich and zesty white varietal back after decades without one.
Subtle aromas of fresh squeezed lemon mingle with
traces of butterscotch. Reminiscent of a classic Chablis,
this Chardonnay offers luscious yet delicate flavors
that envelope the palate with the perfect balance of
fruit and an inviting minerally saline essence. A mix
of Lisbon lemon, green apple, lime peel and mandarin
is woven with hints of mouthwatering minerality. The
citrus flavors linger long, giving extra moments to savor
My father Fred planted Chardonnay during the
1990’s in the Anderson Valley of Mendocino,
specifically at the vineyard formerly known as
Floodgate. Following the 2002 vintage, the vineyard
was sold, and we switched our focus to producing
our estate grown 3V blend as well as Sauvignon Blanc
as our white wines.
We had been buying Old Vine Carignane from the
Forchini family since 2006, and we know Andrew
Forchini to be a wonderful farmer and person to
work with. In late summer of 2021, he asked if we
might have interest in taking the very last small bit
of Chardonnay from his home ranch in the Russian
River Valley that would be remaining on the vines
after he fulfilled his contracts.
The small but flavorful crop impressed us so much,
we’ve decided to make it a part of our regular line up.
Showcasing partial barrel fermentation to accentuate
the best of the flavors and texture of Russian River
Valley Chardonnay, we hope you enjoy it as much as
Food Pairing Notes
Ideal to pair with oysters on the half shell, Hamachi
sashimi, or seared scallops served on a bed of lemon