WOOD VALLEY VINEYARD
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 80’s 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 natural mineral precision.
The 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 yeasts for both primary and secondary fermentation. The wine is aged on the lees in oak for 12 months followed by 6 more 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.
Steep terraced vineyard dug from volcanic rock
East facing slope at the base of the Mayacamas Mountains
Rocky, very shallow soils
Harvested 9/8, 21.5 Brix
4 barrels produced, 100 cs
13% Alc (pH 3.3, TA 6.8, ML dry)