Named for Joe's mother, the matriarch of the family, Nancie Chardonnay is made from a quartet of cool, Sonoma County vineyards. Two are perched on Sonoma Mountain and influenced by cool ocean breezes, rocky soils, and high elevation. The third is a Russian River Valley property bearing 30+ year old vines that grow a wine both rich and mineral in texture. The fourth and newest to the blend is a unique parcel nestled in a hillside in the cool Green Valley. Together, these properties showcase an enticing ensemble of slow-ripening vineyards in California sunshine.
The 2012 vintage allowed for flavors to develop gradually, producing a wine of incredible depth, uncompromising energy, and a long finish. Fermentation in neutral oak provides an elegance and balance that highlights the cool-climate flavours and minerality provided by that the vineyards. The nose offers immediate aromas of pear, wildflower honey, fresh linen, and lemon meringue pie. The mouth feel combines surprising freshness with ample richness, making the wine versatile to pair with food or enjoy on its own.