2018 Chardonnay "Dream Field"
Peake Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills
Peake Vineyard Manager Mike Anderson is extremely good at this game. 2017 was my first exposure to his fanatically meticulous farming over on Santa Rosa Road. That year we made a very nice Pinot Noir, especially considering how young the vines were. Then 2018 rolled around, and I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to work with this vineyard’s most stunning hillside block of Chardonnay. That sublime hillside is now, literally, my dream field. This is now the 3rd Chardonnay in our Terroir Extraordinaire lineup, beautifully contrasting Top Cream and The Limit. For a wine that has been through full barrel and malolactic fermentations, its green apple fruit sure is razor-sharp and pristine. There is that baked, almost brioche thing going on just like in its other two mates, but here it’s extremely fresh with an almost racy, hard candy quality. While its tight construction is just starting to wake up for this summer’s drinking, it should also age quite well. Even though white, I wouldn’t be afraid to lay this one down for two to three years if you want to experience the more horizontal aspects of its fruit and minerality, delivered through a more textured lens.