2018 Poco a Poco Mendocino County Chardonnay

$25

This wine offers aromas of Meyer lemon, lime and freshly baked Croissant. The palate has good acidity providing texture and a long clean finish. The wine was aged in neutral French Oak. Biodynamic farming practices. 

Only 1,200 cases produced.

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Chardonnay

As one of the most popular grapes for growing and consuming, Chardonnay can be made in a wide range of styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. These styles can vary from a sparkling Blanc de Blanc, or fresh fermented in stainless steel, to rich and creamy white wine aged in oak barrels. While Chardonnay can flourish in many environments, in its homeland of Burgundy it can produce some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. Whereas from California it can produce both oaky, buttery styles as well as leaner, European-inspired wines. A Somm secret: the Burguny subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style with high levels of acidity. Most people who do not like oaky/buttery Chardonnay may likely enjoy Chablis.

Notable regions for this grape include Burgundy (and Chablis) in France, Central Coast, Napa, and Sonoma in CA, and Western Australia.

When pairing with meals, consider the characteristics, flavors, and acidity of your food first. You always want to try to match the same characteristics and intensities with your wine. No brainer pairing options include seafood, salads, and white meat. Chardonnay, with its vast versatility, is everyone’s best friend.

California, USA

Dating back sum 240 years ago, California wine started in San Diego at the Mission de Alcalá, the first Franciscan mission in The Californias. After the gold rush in 1849, wineries then began to populate in Northern California around Sonoma and Napa Valley and the industry took off. Things slowed down during prohibition, of course, but after winning in both the Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon categories during The Judgement of Paris in 1976, California (particularly Napa Valley) was back on the map. California now makes up for 80% of wine made in the U.S.

California, famous for its fruit-forward, audacious wines that focus grape varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Syrah. California is characterized by a mediterranean climate, making this region ideal for full-bodies red wines. That being said, many areas closer to the Pacific Ocean benefit from cooling winds and layers of fog that are beneficial for grapes including Pinot Noir and many white wines.

Nine miles from the ocean, in a saddle between two ridge tops sits Porter-Bass Vineyard & Winery. In 1980, the Bass family renovated a dilapidated old vineyard outside of Guerneville and employed biodynamic farming practices as began to revive the soil. 

“In Biodynamic farming we concern ourselves not only with the crops that we sell but with the whole health of the ecosystem. Done correctly our farming makes the land ever more vibrant and vital. This represents a complete departure from the paradigm of conventional farming. Conventional farming is driven by economic principles. If high levels of inputs (fertilizer, herbicide, petroleum fuel, etc…) are necessary to achieve the desired production the primary concern is that the practice is profitable. On the other hand a Biodynamic farm strives to be a self-sustaining entity creating healthy outputs with minimal or no inputs other than labor. To minimize our inputs we need to keep our farm entity strong. Balance is needed among the three farm components: the plant (etheric), the animal (astral) and the human (ego). In nature there is a balance between plants and animals. Many farms tend to upset this balance by emphasizing one plant or one animal and in time this imbalance can lead to sick animals or weak plants. By using Biodynamic practices a true expression of place is found in the wine. The vineyard is Demeter certified Biodynamic.”

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