- 93+ Punkte, View from the Cellar, Gilman: „This is the first vintage from Sean and Joanna Castorani from the Wildcat Mountain Vineyard, which they have long wished to buy fruit from. The vineyard was planted in 1998 and sits at the top of a windy crest of a hill of volcanic rock separating Petaluma from the Sonoma Valley. It is cold, windswept, stony and foggy and a perfect place to grow chardonnay in this era of global warming. The couple was extremely lucky to be able to make wine from here in 2020, as they harvested their fruit on August 17th, the same day the fires started, and it is probable that if they were not picking early, there would have been no wine from here in this vintage. The Castoranis’ 2020 chardonnay from Wildcat comes in at 13.3 percent octane and delivers a beautifully refined bouquet of apple, pear, orange zest, a touch of almond, stony soil tones, fruit blossoms and just a whisper of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied and complex, with a superb core, great mineral undertow and cut, zesty acids and a long, elegant and beautifully precise finish. This is outstanding chardonnay that will be even better with a few years in the cellar to allow its secondary layers of complexity to rise to the surface! 2022-2040.”
- 93 Punkte, VINOUS, Antonio Galloni: „The 2020 Chardonnay Wildcat Mountain is terrific. Bright and persistent in the glass, with terrific energy, it offers up an exciting mix of citrus, mineral, savory and floral notes. More than anything, thwough, I anmire the wines delineation and persistence. Exotic floral and tropical notes punctuate the super-expressive finish. The 2020 is beautifully done.“ Drinking Window: 2022-2027.
|Region:||Santa Cruz Mountains|
|Lage:||WILDCAT MOUNTAIN VINEYARD, SONOMA VALLEY, sehr windige, hoch gelegener Weinberg, sehr karge Böden, alter Weinberg, Clone 76 (Champagne Selection)|
|Im Weinkeller:||Harvested 8/17/2020 at 21.5° Brix, Fermented and Raised in neutral French Oak and further aging in stainless steel, nur 7 Barriques produziert (170 Kisten)|
|% vol Alk:||13,3|
|Notizen des Weinguts:||Careful, thoughtful site selection is at the core of everything we do. We seek out compelling vineyards with unique terroir that share in our dedication to sustainable, honest farming, and allow us to create balanced wines of freshness, minerality, and textural richness. A site we have long admired, Wildcat Mountain Vineyard checks all of these boxes for us. Isolated on a windswept ridge-top separating Sonoma Valley from Petaluma, this old vine vineyard is planted on an outcropping of pure volcanic rock. Sitting high above the valley below, the vineyard is exposed to the full brunt of wind from the Petaluma Gap and cold fog that funnels off of the San Pablo Bay. Very thin, rocky soils allow the vines to reach their optimal ripeness despite the challenging climate. Once IN THE CELLAR, we are solely focused on translating this exciting terroir into the bottle. We utilize transparent winemaking techniques, make skillful choices the press, and exercise lot of patience which ultimately allows the fruit to coalesce into a wine of incredible depth, tension, mineral precision, and cellaring potential. Our Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Chardonnay was harvested in the early morning hours of August 17th, the same day of the lightning storms that changed the rest of the 2020 vintage. We feel fortunate to have been able to create this wine, uncompromised, during the small slice of normalcy at the start of the vintage. The 2020 Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Chardonnay represents a real bright spot for us in an otherwise challenging year.|
|Potenziell allergene Substanzen:||Enthält Sulfite. Kann Spuren von Eiweiß, Gelatine und Milch enthalten.|
|Importeur/Inverkehrbringer:||Kössler & Ulbricht GmbH & Co. KG, Nordostpark 78, 90411 Nürnberg|
|Warnungen:||Der Konsum von alkoholhaltigen Getränken während der Schwangerschaft kann selbst in geringen Mengen schwere Konsequenzen für die Gesundheit des Kindes nach sich ziehen.|
|Hersteller:||Model Farm Wines, Joanna Wells, PO Box 101, Vineburg, CA 95487, Phone: 303-523-7197. USA.|
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