DeLoach Vineyards is considered “one of California’s best producers of Chardonnay” by Wine Spectator, and they’ve nabbed Wine & Spirits’ Winery of the Year crown an astonishing 12 times. Sonoma’s “Russian River Valley remains the mothership for Burgundian varietals in California”(American Wine). Its tiny Chalk Hill district is prized for producing Chardonnay with both intensity and precision of flavor, thanks to cooling fog that rolls in from the Pacific and its famous, white volcanic soils. And in a stellar vintage like 2013, everything’s dialed up a notch.
DeLoach winemaker Brian Maloney hand selected perfectly ripened grapes from the prime-sited Norris and Piziali Vineyards. Then, taking a cue from his Burgundian counterparts, he barrel fermented the juice, imparting complex layers of butterscotch and toast to waves of bright citrus. The finish is long and creamy.