VML 2017 Sun Chardonnay
Varietal: 98% Chardonnay, 2% Gewürztraminer
Appellation: 98% Green Valley, 2% Russian River Valley
Oak Treatment: 50% New French
Cases Produced: 350
A rare white wine in our Celestial Lineup, the Sun is a blend of Chardonnay vineyards throughout our favorite area in the Russian River Valley, the Green Valley. The climate here is defined by the fog, blowing Northeast through the Petaluma Gap and eventually settling in the Valley. This creates cool mornings, but burning off and giving way to sunshine in the afternoon. A diurnal dance that keeps acid pretty and flavors delicious.
The nose is layered and complex, with oak inspired notes of caramel, coconut, honey, and lemon tart. There is a subtle white rose petal prettiness camouflaged within the aromatic background, purposefully originating from the touch of Gewurtz blended into this Chardonnay. The palate is medium-bodied and oozes layers of warm French Toast, lemon pie, and fall baking spices. The finish is bright but balanced, with acidity complementing notes of baked bread, wet stone, and lemon zest.