97% Chardonnay, 3% Viognier
Saracina is located along the Upper Russian River in northern California’s wine country. The 250-acre ranch which includes a winery and sustainably farmed vineyards, is also home to a 140-year-old olive trees, vegetable gardens, beehives, and local birds and wildlife. The handcrafted, limited production Saracina wines reflect a conscious sense of this beautiful place in Mendocino County. Founded by husband and wife team John Fetzer and Patty Rock in 2001, Saracina has always been defined by a strong sense of family. In 2018, Marc Taub took on stewardship of Saracina, upholding the spirit of family ownership that has defined this iconic Mendocino County winery since inception.TERROIR & VINTAGE NOTES
The older vine blocks that comprised the original Fetzer Sundial Chardonnay are ideally suited to our modern Saracina version of that classic. We continue to source from old family blocks of 30+ year-old vines. The Viognier hails from an original family planting on the east bank of the Russian River. All of the sites are in the vanguard of true sustainability, having been certified by the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance.
The growing season of 2018 began evenly, with no major hiccups until a minor rain event on October 1. Rather than a hindrance, this slowed ripening at the home ranch and helped bring the acidity perfetly in line with flavors. Harvest began on September 5 with Block C, and the more moderate Block A was brought on September 8.
In tribute to the venerable history of chosen Chardonnay sites, the fruit was whole cluster pressed, settled, and fermented to dryness entirely in stainless steel. Malolactic fermentation was inhibited to keep the wine fresh and bright. The wine remained on primary lees for just less than two months prior to blending to retain the pure expression of fruit.TASTING NOTES
Fresh Chardonnay fruit flavors spring from the glass, with ripe yellow nectarine and pear notes without the heavy influence of malolactic fermentation or oak. There is an appealing purity on the palate, with a clean, bright finish and surprising concentration. Lovely on its own, or pair with grilled herb-marinated fish or chicken paillard.