VINEYARDS The 2018 Turning Tide Chardonnay is sourced exclusively from the Donnachadh Vineyard. The soil in the Sta. Rita Hills appellation is strewn with fossilized marine deposits and the climate is characterized by ample fog and wind because of the proximity of the Pacific Ocean.
ABOUT THE VINTAGE 2018 had a long cool growing season with lots of hang-time allowing grapes to ripen slowly and evenly. A perfect balance of Brix levels, ph, and total acidity resulted in complex flavors all developing and maturing together, which is ideal.
WINEMAKING Chardonnay grapes picked in the early dawn hours to preserve freshness and flavor are whole-cluster pressed, barrel-fermented in an underground cave, and aged in large neutral oak puncheons (500L barrel). The wine is then aged in neutral Burgundian puncheon oak barrels for 8 months with limited sulfur additions.
TASTING NOTES Expressive aromas lead to a supple wine with broad layers of flavors and bright natural acidity.
WINEMAKER Winemaker Alisa Jacobson (AJ) is a Northern California native who travels the world hiking, exploring, scuba-diving, and going on culinary adventures when she’s not in a vineyard or winery.