2020 Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains Peter Martin Ray
Enjoy a piece of California history in drinking this wine. This heritage clone of Chardonnay, called Mt. Eden, was brought to California from France in the late 1890's by Paul Masson after he took cuttings from his friend Louis Latour in Burgundy.
Appellation I Santa Cruz Mountains
GrowerI Barclay Kamb, Rick Anzalone, Frederic Ballario
VineyardI 2.7 Acres
SoilI Franciscan Shale
ClonesI Heritage Mt. Eden
Vine age I 45 y/o
Farming I Organic
ProductionI 95 Cases. 100% neutral oak barrels, native yeast fermentation. Aged 11 months in oak, then racked to stainless for the remainder of elevage.
The consistency in this Chardonnay proves to me that terroir is alive and well in California. Supremely layered, briney, and light on its feet. The wine makes you quickly want another sip.
As Erin Brooks, wine reviewer for Wine Advocate, said "this wine captures the incredible push - pull of ripeness and mineral/acid tension that the best Chardonnays in California can produce and as a result will be long-lived in the cellar"
*Wine is unfined & unfiltered, so natural sediment may be in the bottle*