Flowers Vineyard is a true Sonoma Coast pioneer. Strong advocates of organic and sustainable farming practices, their estate vineyards perch just inland from the Pacific. This rugged (some might say “extreme”) AVA benefits from cool maritime breezes, clear days, plenty of sun exposure for ripening, and chilly evening fog that produces an unmistakeable fresh acidity in the finished wines.
Grapes were hand-harvested into small bins through the early morning hours when the fruit was still cool, then sorted by hand. Bunches were gently whole cluster-pressed; juice was settled, then moved to French oak barrels (new and one to two years old) for primary and malolactic fermentation in temperature and humidity-controlled aging rooms. Each barrel was stirred by hand twice a month. (This traditional method, batonnage, whisks up the yeast and fine sediment known as lees that naturally settles in the bottom of the barrels.) This detail encourages soft texture and complex mouth feel in the finished wine. After blending in early summer, the wine aged in bottle prior to release.
The 2015 vintage trades the Sonoma Coast’s trademark electric acidity for a more elegant line. The nose is expressive, with aromas of citrus zest, lime blossom, honeysuckle, and flint. The textured palate is pure Sonoma Coast: minerality, salinity, and a precise-yet-calm acidity that carries through the finish. A true expression of grape and terroir.
“The 2015 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast is an attractive, open-knit Chardonnay to drink now and over the next few years. Lemon confit, hazelnut and dried flowers grace this very pretty, if somewhat hushed, Chardonnay. Veins of underlying salinity add brightness and freshness throughout.”
92 points, Antonio Galloni, vinous.com, March 2017
“This juicy coastal wine offers medium acidity and a lightness on the palate. It is a well-crafted, balanced effort, exuding wet stone, lemon zest, apple and white flower aromas and flavors.”
91 points, Wine Enthusiast, Oct 2017