The inaugural vintage of our La Jota W.S. Keyes Vineyard Chardonnay comes from a cherished vineyard block planted in the historic W.S. Keyes Vineyard in 1999. This wine showcases the Chardonnay variety first and foremost while bringing the Howell Mountain terroir to life. With screaming minerality, refreshing acidity, and notes of white peach, crisp pear, and freshly baked bread, this is a Chardonnay that is ready to drink now, but also built to age.
The 2017 vintage started with a wet winter followed by a somewhat dry spring and early summer. With plenty of water and nutrients in the soils, the vines responded beautifully during the ripening period. In early September, a heat spell temporarily stalled the vine’s ability to ripen, but as temperatures dropped the vines recovered and ultimately achieved optimal ripeness, leading to a glorious harvest.