The estate covers 500 acres of vineyards throughout the Lodi American Viticultural Area, which are situated between the Sierra Nevada foothills and the San Francisco Bay. The Chardonnay grapes are grown in the Delta region, west of Lodi, which has a slightly cooler climate than central Lodi, both day and night. This gentle Mediterranean climate of warm days and coastal evening breezes is ideal for the cultivation of world-class grapes. The mature vines are gnarled and sculpted by time, yielding small amounts of intensely flavoured fruit to create wines that are the ultimate expression of their terroir.
The Chardonnay grapes were harvested at 23 to 24° Brix, when they had reached optimal ripeness and balancing acidity levels. The grapes were cool fermented in stainless steel tanks at 10 to 12°C with selected yeasts, to preserve the fresh and bright fruit characteristics. The wine did not go through malolactic fermentation, to retain the crisp character. Delicate oak influence imparted subtle complexity and a creamier texture.