Les Lunes Wine 2019 Chardonnay, Barra Vineyard, Mendocino County
Item Number: 14565
Sub Region: Mendocino
Appellation/AVA: Mendocino County
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vineyard Designation: Barra Vineyard
Grape(s): 100% Chardonnay
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Pinole gravelly loam
This is Les Lunes' third vintage producing Barra Vineyard Chardonnay, and it only continues to get better as they learn more of what the vineyard is capable of and how best to make the wine. The 2019 vintage aged for 4 months in barrel and tank and then another 7 months in tank before bottling.
Vineyard Notes: Barra Vineyard is a truly unique site nestled in the Redwood Valley of Mendocino County. It is just north of Ukiah. The roots of these 47-year-old Chardonnay vines dig deeply into the soils in which they are planted. The red soils of Redwood Valley, a cooler climate compared to surrounding regions, make this an ideal region for growing white grape varieties. Highly deficient in organic matter, the moderately acidic soil pH allows for optimal nutrient uptake to allow the vines to thrive. The same family has owned and farmed Barra Vineyard for generations. The Barra family was farming their vineyards organically before the term even existed!
Vinification Notes: The Chardonnay was entirely harvested by hand. Whole clusters were pressed and allowed to ferment using only indigenous yeast and bacteria. The wine fermented in neutral French oak barrels and aged sur lie. SO2 was 10-20 ppm total.