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Sangiacomo Green Acres Hill

Green Acres Hill


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The Sangiacomo Family is synonymous with high-end Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in Sonoma County, and top producers throughout the county, state, and even one in Canada source their fruit. We have always been impressed by the Green Acres Hill site, so we were thrilled when a few rows became available in 2009 and we were able to add this wine to our portfolio. In fact, we were so pleased with the resulting wine that we decided to bottle the 2009 as our first vineyard-designate Chardonnay, while the 2010 aged in barrel in hopes of achieving the same.

Our block is planted to the Old Wente clone, which is known for low yields and concentrated fruit. It’s still a bit hard to gauge an average harvest date, but we imagine the first half of October will likely end up being  typical for this moderately cool site.

Because of low yields, higher acids and naturally intense flavors of the Old Wente clone, this wine does well when nudged toward a fairly full style, with about 40% new oak and regular stirring of the lees. We lean toward coopers and forests that impart a moderate amount of oak with plenty of spice to add to the complexity of the wine. Primary fermentation is entirely native and to date we have chosen only partial malolactic fermentation, although we are experimenting with both no malo and complete malo. The wine is distinct and with special merit in all its incarnations and we look forward to further calibrating our treatment of the fruit with every vintage.

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