This is something new for us, a partial malo Chardonnay. Given the inherent richness of the vintage in warmer sites, we decided to block secondary fermentation in a few barrels of Lucky Well and Riddle Vineyard Chardonnays and we really liked the result. The wine has none of the apple-y character associated with full malo blocked whites but instead treads some kind of middle ground between flintiness and reserved tropical and citrus fruit notes. There are little pieces of Joy Road and Thieriot in here too that definitely help with complexity. A small, waxy, lanolin note creeps up in the end framed by lemon peel and a little fruit sweetness contributed by the vintage.
The 2019 Chardonnay (Sonoma Coast) is such an elegant wine. Gracious and medium in body, with terrific aromatic presence, this translucent, super-expressive Chardonnay is a superb introduction to the range. Lemon peel, white flowers, chalk, mint and white pepper add brilliance throughout. In 2019, all of the fruit is from Riddle.