California, california USA

We worked with Pete Seghesio for well over a decade before he sold the family winery several years ago. As he made great wines at Seghesio, and was one of the nicest people we've worked with, we were delighted to hear that he was making small quantities of a Chardonnay, so got in touch and tasted the wine. As expected, it is a superb wine, made with fruit from growers Pete got to know during his many years criss-crossing California in search of the best grapes.

To make the Journeyman Chardonnay, Pete draws fruit from five vineyards in the Russian River and Green Valleys and Jenner on the Sonoma Coast. Each vineyard is planted with different clones, something which gives the wine great complexity. Grapes are picked cool, between 3am and 6am. The wines are made at the winery Pete and his wife Cathy have built below their house on the San Lorenzo vineyard, which is where his great-grandfather began making wine in 1896. About 30 - 40% of the wine is fermented in concrete eggs, something which Pete feels enhances the creaminess of the wine's texture, while the remainder is fermented in oak. The wine is aged in barrel for 12 months before the blend is made. The finished blend is aged in stainless steel for three months prior to bottling.

The wine has lovely richness, definition and length. It is an exciting new departure for Californian Chardonnay and well worth trying.


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