ancillary cellars 2018 chardonnay – sangiacomo vineyard, sonoma coast – $45
Our 2018 ancillary chardonnay comes from the Sangiacomo green acres vineyard’s “heritage block,” which was planted in 1969 with the Old Wente clone on St. George rootstock. While the entire vineyard benefits from the cooling influence of the Petaluma Gap, the “heritage block” is rooted in an ancient footprint of Copeland Creek, providing alluvial soils with tracks of gravel that prove exceptional for growing premium Chardonnay and allowing us to craft wines with nuanced depth. This vineyard is one of the most sought-after Chardonnay vineyards in California, it shows distinctive character and intensity in the grapes which is from the unusual small berry size which increases the skin to juice ratio. Opening with notes of lemon pie and tropical fruit with hints of dried mint that complement the ripe citrus skin notes found throughout this wine. Plush on the mid palate, grapefruit flavors intermingle with a juicy creamy texture creating a full-bodied Chardonnay that is balanced with bright natural acidity with a touch saline from the moderating influence found in wines from the Petaluma Gap. It’s finish is decadent and flamboyant – a loaded wine with power and grace. Enjoy now through 2026.
ancillary cellars 2018 chardonnay – el diablo vineyard, russian river valley – $75
Planted in 2008 and farmed with care and attention to detail, the El Diablo Vineyard is hitting its prime years and achieving its full potential. Perched on the eastern edge of the Russian River Valley appellation with 500 ft. elevation, this site thrives with ideal weather conditions to grow premium Chardonnay. Gravelly loam soil combined with tight row spacing between vines helps to further reduce vigor and encourage the competition between the vines. The result is low yields with intense, flavor-packed-clusters. The nose is a combination of citris blossoms and lemon peel blended with aromas of toasted savory spices. Textural and dense, the mid-pallet is loaded with candied pineapple, purity, and a slight lift from the 50% malolactic fermentation and its aging in 50% new French oak. A California Chardonnay that could easily double as a Puligny Montrachet. Cellar this wine for at least a year for optimum drinking.
ancillary cellars 2018 pinot noir – sun chase vineyard, sonoma coast $55
Located 1400 feet above sea level on the western slopes of sonoma mountain, the sun chase vineyard is one of the first to emerge from the daily intrusion of fog in the petaulma gap, allowing it to capture ample sunlight throughout the growing season. This translates into a pure, fruit driven wine that is densely packed, unctuous, and powerfully rich – the trademark of a great Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir. a stunning year for pinot noirs on the sonoma coast, this vineyard delivered only the best to the bottle this year. strikingly complex, rich and fruity, this beautifully proportioned wine delivers an initial burst of red berry fruit with notes of new leather and licorice. from there the wines quickly gains traction and depth, with firm, layered tannins that give the spicy berry flavors a perfect foundation. a beautiful fruit forward entrance, gives way to lively acidity lifting the mid palate and showcasing the strawberry aromatics. drinking wonderfully right out the gate, a year or two in the cellar will bring out further complexities.
ancillary cellars 2018 pinot noir – sangiacomo vineyard, sonoma coast – $50
The more the spectacular Sangiacomo Vineyard matures, the more dramatic its wines become. Rich, concentrated and compelling, this is an epic Pinot Noir. The Sangiacomo signature of hyper-red fruit notes combines with good acidity and a steely minerality to add poise and precision. Beautifully designed dark ruby color commingles with sweet hard candy , raspberries, red currants and dried spices. On the palate, rich flavors of cherry compote and mulled holiday spices are supported by hints of mint, flint and gravel. While there is a smooth, velvety ripeness to this wine, the lingering finish has a nice grip that bodes well for a long life. Enjoy over the next 3 – 7 years.