Enfield Wine Chardonnay Heron Lake Wild Horse Valley 2013 Enfield Wine Chardonnay Heron Lake Wild Horse Valley 2013 Enfield Wine Chardonnay Heron Lake Wild Horse Valley 2013 Print Sheet

Specifications
Winery
VarietiesChardonnay
Farming Practicesorganic
Soilsrocky volcanic, shallow top soil
Hectares/Acres5 acres
Altitude1400ft
Year Vines Were Planted1999 and 2005
Yeastnatural
Fermentationfoot tread then basket pressed into barrel
Malolacticfull ML
Maturation16 months in barrel, 20% new oak
Filternone
Finingnone
Alcohol13.5%
Item NoT08201-13
Size750ML
Bottle Case12
Country United States
Region California
Sub-region Napa Valley
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Enfield Wine Chardonnay Heron Lake Wild Horse Valley 2013
Story

Heron Lake is one of only three vineyards in Wild Horse Valley. At an elevation of 1400 ft with extremely rocky soils and a climate closer to the Sonoma Coast than Napa, this is no easy vineyard to farm. The vineyard was originally planted in 1980 to Riesling and Gewurtztraminer on AXR rootstock and replanted with Pinot and Chardonnay in two phases. The vineyard is managed by David Mahaffey who has overseen the farming and made the wines off the property since the early 80's. The intense struggle for the vines to survive in the rocky soils allows for a wine of surprising concentration at lower alcohols and bracing acidity, with a coarse minerality and a very distinctive personality.