Ghostwriter Chardonnay Santa Cruz 2018
VINTAGE : 2018
COUNTRY : USA
REGION/APPELLATION : California, Santa Cruz Mountains
VARIETALS : Chardonnay
VINEYARD : 91% Woodruff Family Vineyard, 9% Amaya Ridge
Cases Produced : 434
"A blend of Woodruff family vineyard 91% (one of the first sites Kenny worked with 18 years ago and small portion from Amaya Ridge vineyard is impeccably balanced, shows freshness, lift and energy. This is a mineral driven wine that has the acid and texture to age.
The Woodruff Family Vineyard is located in Corralitos on a mostly Southwest facing hillside five miles from Monterey Bay. Extremely cool and foggy weather is the norm for the 7.5 acres 600 feet above sea level that were planted in 1978. The maritime conditions, vine age, and dry farming lead to yields that rarely reach 2 tons per acre and ethereal acid driven wines that are often marked more by texture and mouthfeel than flavor.
Amaya Ridge at 1300 feet along the Amaya ridgeline was planted in the early 80s to Pinot Noir and we added about 1/3 acre of Wente Clone Chardonnay to the site in 2012. The vineyard is characterized by mudstone soils that run through the area and warmer weather as a result of the elevation.
On the rare occasion in the Santa Cruz Mountains, we look back and think the vintage wasn’t too difficult. 2018 is this rare occasion, we didn’t get much rain during the growing season, mildew wasn’t a huge issue, yields were decent, and the fruit quality is exceptional. The 2018 is 91% Woodruff Family Vineyard and 9% Amaya Ridge. The two lots were kept separate with the Woodruff being fermented and aged in concrete and the Amaya in wood. Post-fermentation, the wine was left sur lies during the Malolactic fermentation and the 12 months following. The blend was made and left for another 7 months in a small oak foudre and small barrique size barrels. The result is as usual, consistent with what we have come to expect from this wine, a very long on the palate, mineral driven, Chardonnay that has the acid and texture to age. Bottled unfiltered and unfined."