Les Lunes Wine 2015 Chardonnay, Dobson Vineyard, Manton Valley
Item Number: 9708
Sub Region: Manton Valley
Appellation/AVA: Manton Valley
Vineyard Designation: Dobson Vineyard
Grape(s): 100% Chardonnay
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Cohasset gravelly loam
Elevation: 850 meters
Case Production: 140
Vineyard: Dobson Vineyard is nestled in the shadow of Mount Lassen (a large active volcano), north of Sacramento. The same family has owned the Dobson Vineyard for generations. This vineyard contains 15 acres of Chardonnay. The roots of the ungrafted 44-year-old Chardonnay vines dig deeply into the volcanic soils in which they are planted. The beauty of Chardonnay is it’s ability to let space and time speak through wine, and this wine does so in a truly old world way.
Farming: Recently Les Lunes has taken over the farming of the vineyard. Everything is 100% organic; neither herbicides nor insecticides are used. All sprays are timed in relation to the moon. Picture permaculture and Masanobu Fukuoka; a veritable farming wonderland.
Vinification: The Chardonnay is entirely manually harvested. Whole clusters are pressed and allowed to ferment using only indigenous yeast and bacteria. No sulfur is added to the wine until it had completed both alcoholic and malolactic fermentations at which time about 25ppm of sulfur is added. The wine ferments in neutral French oak barrels and ages in a 300-gallon high density polyethylene tank. This larger format tank is designed to have the oxygen permeability of a 3-year used oak vessel without imparting any external flavors to the wine. There are no further additions to the wine prior to its gentle bottling via gravity.