2014 Green Acres Chardonnay
In the late 1920s, the Sangiacomo family purchased their first parcel in Sonoma—originally planted to fruit trees then to grapes for winemaking. In 1969, the Sangiacomo’s Green Acres vineyard was planted in part to the original Old Wente clone of Chardonnay. Saintsbury partnered with the Sangiacomo family in 1981 and for 33 years has made Chardonnay from the Green Acres vineyard. Now, we are thrilled to release the single-vineyard designate Green Acres Chardonnay.
Appellation: Carneros, Sonoma
Clones: 25% Dijon 809, 31% Dijon 548 & 44% Old Wente
Terroir: sandy loam soil; bordering the Sonoma Creek on the eastside and Fowler Creek running through the vineyard.
Following heavy rains in February, budbreak began in Carneros in the last week of that month. With fully saturated soils and warmer than usual temperatures, the vines brought the 2014 fruit to maturity with great concentration and lush, tropical flavors.
Harvest Dates: 9/9, 9/12, & 9/17
Hand harvested at night, fruit is on the crush pad by sunrise. The grapes are whole cluster pressed, and the wine is barrel fermented with light lees.
Aging: 11 months in 25% new French oak barrels; 15% 1-year old French Oak barrels & 60% neutral oak .