The 2019 Arneis is distinctive, with an array of floral and fruit characters with an edge of minerality throughout the nose.
The grapes used for this wine were grown in the cool Petaluma Gap near the base of Sonoma Mountain. The vineyard is planted in clay loam soil that provides plenty of nutrition and holds a substantial amount of water to produce strong vines with healthy vigor. Since the fruit is late ripening, grapes were picked in late-October, once they had achieved great balance and medium sugar levels. The grapes were brimming with flavor due to the cool climate growing conditions of wind and fog.
The grapes were handpicked and gently destemmed and immediately pressed to capture the full fruit flavors. The juice was pumped to a stainless steel tank and after two days the juice was racked off solids and moved to a fermentation tank where it was inoculated with an aromatic yeast strain for fermentation to enhance complexity. Fermentation lasted 3 weeks with a peak temperature of 55˚F. The wine was then racked and stored in stainless tanks prior to bottling to retain all the lively aromas and fresh flavors.