Vintage 2015
Wine Type White
Varietal Chardonnay
Region Sonoma County
Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren

The Cold Creek Ranch experiences maritime influences from the Pacific Ocean, which provide cool breezes and morning fog. As a result, the Chardonnay offers forward fruit flavors, lively acidity and hints of minerality.

92 Points - Wine Advocate

“A terrific example of Chardonnay from Château St. Jean is the 2015 Chardonnay Cold Creek Ranch Vineyard from the Sonoma Coast. This wine shows honeysuckle, orange blossom, apple butter, pineapple, crisp acidity, medium to full body and a long, heady finish. Drink it over the next 1-2 years.” - Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, December 2016

92 Points - Vinous

"The 2015 Chardonnay Cold Creek Vineyard is super-distinctive. Bright and floral in its first impression, the Cold Creek packs plenty of punch. The interplay of the lifted aromatics with dense fruit makes for a compelling, impeccably balanced Chardonnay loaded with class and personality" -Antonio Galloni, Vinous, April 2017

Tasting Notes

Cold Creek Ranch Chardonnay is known for its bright, tropical fruit aromas of pineapple and citrus. The 2015 vintage of this wine is no exception with a bright bouquet of ripe tropical fruit; mango, pineapple and kiwi fruit. The core of minerality on the palate gives structure to the luscious lemon cream and ripe peach flavors on the juicy, rich palate. A core of lively acidity balances the richness through to the flavorful and long finish.

Vineyard Note

Cold Creek Ranch Chardonnay is known for its bright, tropical fruit aromas of pineapple and citrus. The 2015 vintage is no exception with a bright bouquet of ripe tropical fruit; mango, pineapple and kiwi fruit. The core of minerality on the palate gives structure to the luscious lemon cream and ripe peach flavors on the juicy, rich palate. A core of lively acidity balances the richness through to the flavorful and long finish.

Vintage Notes

The 2015 growing season was another beautiful vintage with mild temperatures and no weather upsets throughout. The season got off to an early start in the spring and continued through to an early start of harvest with dry and uniform weather. The resulting grapes, although overall yields were slightly down, were of very high quality.

Winemaker's Note

The wine was barrel fermented and aged sur lie exclusively in small French oak barrels for nine months. Only 15% of the barrels used in this vintage were new, allowing for the bright, forward fruit character of the Chardonnay from the vineyard to hold a prominent position in the blend. The blend completed malolactic fermentation adding richness and depth in the texture.
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