Adastra Vineyards Carneros Chardonnay 2000
Adastra Wines is a family endeavor. Chris Thorpe and son-in-law Edwin Richards run the winery; Pam Starr is our winemaking consultant.
We took our name, Adastra, from the Latin phrase per aspera ad astra, "through striving to the stars," inspired by the brilliant Carneros night sky and our own stellar ambitions.
Known for elegant wines that combine power and finesse, Carneros is set in the rolling hills that straddle the southernmost parts of both Sonoma and Napa counties. The cooling winds from the abutting San Pablo Bay, combined with lots of midday California sunshine, create an ideal environment for producing wines with a perfect balance of crisp acidity and well-ripened fruit.
One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While it tends to flourish in most environments, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. California produces both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines. Somm Secret—The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy Chablis.