Dragonette Cellars 2016 Chardonnay Duvarita Vineyard, Santa Barbara County
Duvarita vineyard is located in Santa Barbara County, west of the Sta. Rita Hills. The vineyard lies on gentle, south-facing slopes of almost pure sand. As of 2013, the vineyard has been farmed biodynamically. The low vigor soils, small canopy and a low fruit zone combine to make this one of the earliest ripening vineyards we farm. The small clusters here give wines that are lean and elegant, with terrific intensity.They picked the individual blocks in separate passes, and fermented them separately. At least one of us was present at every pick to hand-sort the clusters in the field. Within hours, we gently pressed the grapes and transferred the juice directly to barrels for primary fermentation, which took place with native yeasts and temperature control. The wine saw partial malolactic fermentation and was aged on the lees in French oak barrels (15% new) until just prior to blending a gentle, cross flow filtration and bottling.