The grapes for this wine come from a single vineyard located in the southern hills of Scotts Valley, just four miles from the town of Santa Cruz and the Pacific Ocean. The dry-farmed Chardonnay vines on this site were planted in 1998, in sandy soils rich in marine deposits. Surrounded by forests, and featuring a north-south row orientation, these vines yield small, tiny-berried clusters. While this is a very cool vineyard that produces grapes with great acidity, the fruit also achieves lovely ripeness at low sugar levels. This is a beautifully intricate Chardonnay, with bright saline notes and enticing layers of lemongrass, green pineapple, and hints of mint. On the palate, the flavors are framed by a racy backbone of cool-climate acidity. While it has both nerve and energy, there is also a mid-pallet creaminess to this wine, that offers a lovely counterpoint, while helping to draw the flavors to a lingering finish. We broke the berries prior to pressing and fermented the grapes in a combination of 360-gallon French oak casks and 500-liter French oak puncheons. This wine was aged for 16 months in French oak casks, French oak barrels, and 500-liter puncheons. To enhance richness and mouthfeel, it underwent 100% malolactic fermentation and the lees were occasionally stirred. This cool-climate Chardonnay was bottled in early 2021 using minimum sulfur.