"Our Model Farm 2018 Sonoma Valley Chardonnay captures the wild beauty of a springtime in Sonoma and translates so much of what we love about this unique volcanic terroir. The wine opens with aromas of citrus blossom, jasmine and bay laurel, complimenting bright flavors of pomelo, lime zest, and soft herbs. On the mid-palate, deeper notes of white peach, nectarine, and orange curd are backed by a persistent minerality. This balance of textural richness and freshness is the hallmark of our white wines and the result of careful site selection and transparent winemaking techniques. We barrel ferment our Chardonnay using only native yeast for both primary and secondary fermentation. The wine is aged on the lees in oak for 12 months followed by 6 months in stainless steel barrels. This additional aging in stainless steel helps to focus and lengthen the wine before bottling. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, no additions except minimal effective SO2.
93 points John Gilman, View from the Cellar
"The 2018 Chardonnay “Sonoma Valley” from Model Farm is a beautiful wine in the making. The bouquet is pure, precise and still youthful, offering up scents of apple, lemon, pit fruits, salty soil tones, white flowers, fresh almond, lavender and a deft framing of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied and tightly-knit, with an excellent core of fruit, superb mineral drive and a long, racy and still very youthful finish. This is a great bottle of chardonnay in the making, but I would give it two or three years in the cellar and let it blossom properly, for though it is already quite delicious, the wine is only showing the first vestige of its
inherent complexity and there is a lot more to come with a bit of patience. 2022-2035."
92-94 points Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
"The 2018 Chardonnay shows just how captivating Sonoma Valley can be. Deceptive in its first impression, the 2018 is initially quite airy and lifted, but then reveals power and structure as it opens. Lemon confit, white flowers and orchard fruit all develop nicely, followed by hints of sage and dried flowers that linger on the finish. I can't wait to taste this from bottle."
Wood Valley Vineyard, Sonoma, California
Wood Valley Vineyard is a set of steep terraces, dug into pure volcanic rock. Located just east of downtown Sonoma in the foothills of the Mayacamas Mountains, the vineyard was planted in the 1980s to a heritage California selection of Chardonnay, the Old Wente clone. Like many of the best vineyards in Burgundy, the east-facing aspect shelters the vines from the warmer afternoon sun, allowing the grapes to retain freshness and aromatic dimension. The unique volcanic terroir gives the wine a stunning mineral precision.