Our Riverview Vineyard is located two miles southeast of Soledad and adjacent to the Pinnacles National Park on a bench overlooking the Salinas River. The bench location aids in creating excellent air flow and the southwestern exposure maximizes available sunlight. Morning fog and afternoon winds from the Monterey Bay’s marine influence create a true Region I climate, allowing the fruit to ripen slowly and evenly. Riverview Vineyard is a premier vineyard site with ideal attributes for ultra-premium Chardonnay.
The grapes were picked in the cool early morning hours to ensure freshness. After a short trip from the vine rows to our micro-winery, located in the center of the vineyard, the grapes were gently whole-cluster pressed, then the juice was allowed to settle before being racked to 100% new French oak barrels. The barrels remained in the micro-winery, free from any commercial yeast, ensuring the fermentation was initiated by wild yeast indigenous to the Riverview Vineyard. Following a long, cool barrel fermentation, the wine was kept on its lees and aged for 20 months. Regular stirring of the lees enhanced the aromatics and texture. The final blend was a selection of our top three barrels.