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.
Enfield Wine Chardonnay Heron Lake Wild Horse Valley 2013 Print Sheet
|Soils||rocky volcanic, shallow top soil|
|Year Vines Were Planted||1999 and 2005|
|Fermentation||foot tread then basket pressed into barrel|
|Maturation||16 months in barrel, 20% new oak|