Hobo Wine, Ghostwriter, Chardonnay 2019, Santa Cruz Mountains, Central Coast, CA
This slightly oxidative Chardonnay has a long finish and nice acidity. Herbal and reductive notes on the nose are followed by lemon custard, apple crisp, and a mineral finish on the palate.
COUNTRY: United State of America (USA)
APPELLATION (AVA): Santa Cruz Mountains
REGION: Central Coast
SUBREGION: San Fransico Bay
VINEYARDS: Woodruff Family Vineyard (91%) & Amaya Ridge (9%)
SOIL: Sandy loam & mudstone, well drained, dry farmed
VINIFICATION: Two lots of Chardonnay kept separate, 91% of the grapes were fermented & aged in concrete, and 9% in wood. Aged on the lees for 12 month malolactic fermentation. Aged 7 more months in small oak barrels. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
COLOR: Pale gold
BODY: Light to Medium (3-4)
PRIMARY AROMAS: White flowers, scallions, green herbs
FLAVOR: Preserved lemon, apple pie, long mineral finish
FORMAT: 750 ml
SERVICE AND SUGGESTION:
ABOUT THE PRODUCERS: Brian Wilkerson and Kenny Likitprakong
ABOUT THE VINEYARDS:
The Woodruff Family Vineyard is one of the most special vineyard sites in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The vines were planted over 35 years ago making it one of the older vineyards in this area. The sandy loam soils have great drainage and the vines are 100% dry farmed. Next to the vineyard is a strawberry farm, giving you an idea of the unique cool and slow ripening location of the vineyard. The vineyard is located in rolling hills of the Corralitos area at the Southern end of the Santa Cruz Mountains which are consistently cooled by fog moving in from Monterey Bay and often persisting through the late morning hours.
ABOUT THE LABEL:
The Ghostwriter is about Santa Cruz and it’s many terroirs, old heritage vineyards, and the light, acid driven, pretty, perfumey style of wine that it is capable of. “Ghostwriter” represents the idea that a wine may be the pages that contain a story, but that the story itself belongs to the sites, the vines, and the vintage. The winemaker, when successful, may be a lively storyteller, but only that.