Down by Law Chardonnay 2014
Chris left the music biz and went on to gain experience in all aspects of the wine business, from working as a cellar rat, a winery rep, a winery sales manager, wine buyer and sommelier, managing director for a large wine distributor, and eventually passing the rigorous Master Sommelier exam in 2008. To fulfill a lifelong dream of making affordable high quality wines, like the ones that inspired him early in life, he teamed up with his sweetheart and wine veteran, Lauren Watters and the genius Napa Valley winemaker, Jon Engelskirger. Together the dream has been realized and we are proud to present our wines to you.
California’s most praised white wine, Chardonnay is also the state’s most planted white grape variety. Diverse terrain and microclimates allow for an incredible range of wine styles.
Chardonnay planted in the cooler, coastal zones takes on bright characteristics like lemon zest, key lime, green apple and wet flint. For this style, look to the chilly Sonoma Coast, Carneros, Santa Cruz Mountains, Santa Lucia Highlands and Edna Valley.
The inland zones of California’s coast, such as the Russian River, Sonoma, Napa and Livermore Valleys maintain a more Goldilocks-esque climate where both styles go. Early picking retains acidity and creates a leaner style but leaving the grapes to hang creates an approachable Chardonnay, balancing richness and finesse.