100% Chardonnay from the rocky hillside of the Solitude Vineyard in Martinez. <br />
We harvested Chardonnay for the first time from Dick Vanderkous' amazing vineyard in Martinez. Only a few hundred pounds of thick-skinned, well-ripened, small-berried fruit. We pressed it with our hands, filled a 15 gallon barrel and left it alone. It is intense, minerally, and betrays its crazy origin. The wine is deep and strong. It is not quite recognizable as Chardonnay, and we did not make it in the same highly oxygenated style that we use for our other Chardonnays. The wine is still dense, but lighter and fresher than the Sylphs and Michael Faraday. Very special. 72 bottles.