Rock & Vine Three Ranches Chardonnay 2016
A Chardonnay for those who prefer less oak and more fruit, the Rock & Vine 2016 Chardonnay will shine with a cheese plate with honey-drizzled chevre and a hard-rind nutty sheep’s milk cheese, served with fig paste, candied nuts, and slices of fresh apple
The North Coast AVA is the American Viticultural Area in the state of California that encompasses grape-growing regions in six counties located north of San Francisco: Lake, Mendocino, Napa, Sonoma, and portions of Solano and Marin counties This large appellation has over 3,000,000 acres and includes a number of smaller sub-appellations that all share the common ecology of having its weather affected by the cool fog and breezes of the Pacific Ocean.
Each year the team at Nine North Wine Company rigorously searches for the best fruit from just three ranches that showcases why the North Coast AVA is the leader in California for growing Bordeaux and Burgundian varieties.
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.