We farm 21 acres of Chardonnay at Jespersen Ranch in the Edna Valley, planted to five different clones. In the northernmost corner of the vineyard are Blocks 28 and 30, both planted to Clone 17 (click here for block map). We planted these blocks in 2012 and after five years of patiently developing the root system we harvested the first fruit in 2016. Cropped at just 1 ton per acre, we were rewarded with exceptional Chardonnay. The grapes from Jespersen Ranch have gorgeous natural acidity from foggy mornings and coastal influence. This acidity allows for long aging potential, even in our whites, and this wine in particular has an undercurrent of saline-laced brightness that makes it remarkably unique.
Barrel-fermented in 40% New French Oak, this wine has developed beautifully. 100% of the wine went through malolactic fermentation and was aged on the lees for 18 months. Although we aged the bottles for an additional 8 months prior to release, we expect this wine to develop even more over the next 1-3 years and encourage you to add this to your cellar if you’re looking for a Chardonnay to enjoy later in its life. 250 cases produced.
100% Chardonnay from Jespersen Ranch, edna valley