2020 Wildcat Mountain Chardonnay, 170 cases produced
"A knockout of a wine from the hidden gem of Sonoma. Beautifully delineated with notes of citrus, ginger spice and bay, backed by a long, persistent mineral intensity "
93+ points. John Gilman, View from the Cellar
"This is the first vintage from Sean and Joanna Castorani from the Wildcat Mountain Vineyard, which they have long wished to buy fruit from. The vineyard was planted in 1998 and sits at the top of a windy crest of a hill of volcanic rock separating Petaluma from the Sonoma Valley. It is cold, windswept, stony and foggy and a perfect place to grow chardonnay in this era of global warming. The couple was extremely lucky to be able to make wine from here in 2020, as they harvested their fruit on August 17th, the same day the fires started, and it is probable that if they were not picking early, there would have been no wine from here in this vintage. The Castoranis’ 2020 chardonnay from Wildcat comes in at 13.3 percent octane and delivers a beautifully refined bouquet of apple, pear, orange zest, a touch of almond, stony soil tones, fruit blossoms and just a whisper of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied and complex, with a superb core, great mineral undertow and cut, zesty acids and a long, elegant and beautifully precise finish. This is outstanding chardonnay that will be even better with a few years in the cellar to allow its secondary layers of complexity to rise to the surface! 2022-2040."
Vineyard / Cellar Notes
Isolated on a windswept ridge-top separating Sonoma Valley from Petaluma, this old vine vineyard is planted on pure volcanic rock. Sitting high above the valley below, the vineyard is exposed to the full brunt of wind from the Petaluma Gap and cold fog that funnels off of the San Pablo Bay. Very thin, rocky soils allow the vines to reach their optimal ripeness despite the challenging climate. Once in the cellar, we are solely focused on translating this exciting terroir into the bottle. We utilize transparent winemaking techniques, make skillful choices the press, and exercise lot of patience which ultimately allows the fruit to coalesce into a wine of incredible depth, tension, mineral precision, and cellaring potential.
Our Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Chardonnay was harvested in the early morning hours of August 17th, the same day of the lightning storms that changed the rest of the 2020 vintage.
170 cases produced
• Harvested 8/17/2020 at 21.5° Brix • Clone 76 (Champagne Selection) • Fermented and raised in neutral French oak and further aging in stainless steel • 13.3% Alc.
Wildcat Mountain Vineyard, Sonoma, California
Unique volcanic terroir gives the wine a stunning mineral precision.