Region: Santa Cruz
The Trout Gulch vineyard sits at 800’ above the tiny town of Aptos, about 4 miles from the ocean in Santa Cruz county. The site was planted in 1980 to the old Wente clone of Chardonnay which is considered by many to be the heritage selection of Chardonnay in California.The soils in this cool climate site are sandy loam and the vines are carefully tended by Richard Alfaro. Harvest often stretches until mid October and the resulting wines are high in natural acidity with a notable salinity on the palate.
Aromas of fresh, green orchard fruit and honey, this wine is medium-bodied, elegantly textural and pure, with bright acids and good depth, concluding with a stony, mouthwatering finish. A beautifully balanced, understated Chardonnay from the masters of this style.