The grapes for St. Francis Sonoma County Buttery Chardonnay come from the warmer vineyards in Sonoma County, giving this wine tropical aromas. This Chardonnay has lower acidity with more new oak elements for added creaminess.
The 2022 growing season started with early spring rains followed by ideal weather through spring and late summer. Harvest began on August 15 with white and early ripening red varieties showing bright acidity and mouthwatering freshness. In September a period of triple digit heat over several days pushed maturity on the vines, until a few days of rain provided a refreshing break and gave the later ripening fruit some extra hang time to develop deep rich color, remarkable aromatics and exquisite flavors.
Rich and creamy with buttery notes. Flavors of peach pie, tropical fruits and croissant.
Pairs well with poultry or rich seafood dishes, like lobster. Also great as a complement to cheese or paired with creamy, buttery sauces.
GRAPES: 100% Chardonnay
APPELLATION: Sonoma County
ACIDITY: 0.55 g/l
AGING: Aged for 7 months in French oak
Unique Selling Points
100% Sonoma County fruit, selected from warmer climates
Screwcap closure to promote ease of use by on-premise staff and consumers
More extensive malolactic fermentation – approximately 75%-85%
“I’m proud of each of these St. Francis Chardonnays and how they refl¬ect the versatility our Sonoma wine regions have to offer. The fruit for St. Francis Buttery Chardonnay comes from warmer areas of Sonoma County giving this wine more tropical aromas, which I’ve complemented with more new oak to increase the creaminess on the palate.”
Though it has a distinctive profile, Chardonnay reflects other factors such as soil composition and vinification technique. Chardonnay is a reliable, hardy and prolific vine whose only real vulnerabilities are frost and uneven development of fruit.