2011 Sojourn Cellars Chardonnay

2011 Sojourn Cellars Chardonnay

Sonoma Coast *Sangiacamo Vineyards

the Inaugural Release | 400 cases Produced

$21.99
Retail Price
$36.00
Savings
39%



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VARIETAL: Chardonnay

ALCOHOL: 14.10%

SIZE: 750ml

Ratings:

93 Insider Points

Reviews:

"Day-bright golden hue. Aromatics of peach, citrus rind, and floral notes will grab your attention quickly. Seekers of the full-blown malolactic style of Chardonnay with appreciate the layers of creaminess rom start to finish. The extra 2 years of bottle age has paid off with the French oak playing off the lush fruit component. A melange of stone fruit and golden delicious apples take center stage on the palate with a hint of lemon curd and white flowers." Neil Mechanic, Invino, 93 Insider Points

Why We're Drinking It:

The inaugural release of its Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, this is a Chardonnay worthy of the winery's cult status. Available to a lucky few whom have made the 'list' (the winery's coveted mailing list), our Sourcing Team worked hard to get their hands on it here for Members.

 Sojourn first made a name for itself with its Napa Cabernet (Beckstoffer Georges III vineyard), before adding Pinot Noir, now its flagship wine, and Chardonnay to the lineup. Here, the wine comes from the prized Sangiacomo Vineyard; the same vineyard as the highly-rated Sojourn Sangiacomo Pinot noirs.  This wine showcases unique Sonoma Coast regional qualities and the Sangiacomo family's commitment to exemplary viticultural practices.

Old World inspired, yes we’re talking whole clusters and open top fermentation in French oak,  this Chardonnay is a blend of fruit from two different vineyards: Keller (Rombauer used to tap it for fruit back in the day) and Sangiacomo, where Sojourn sources its Pinot fruit. Practically brimming with concentrated stone fruit flavors and tropical fruit notes plus hints of sweet spice all wrapped in juicy acidity--this is a natural partner for food.

That’s if you can get your hands on it. Sojourn only made 400 cases--let’s just say our Sourcing Team worked wonders to get these.


Things to Know:

While not yet an official AVA, though it might be soon if the winegrowers’ petition is approved, Petaluma Gap is literally a gap in the coastal mountain ranges linking the Pacific Ocean to San Pablo Bay. Just a tiny sliver within the vast Sonoma Coast AVA, it’s huge in terms of the number of top-flight wine names based there like Ramey, MacPhail, and Wind Gap or who source fruit there: Kosta Browne, Keller, and Flowers.

The wind and fog that help set The Gap apart plus mineral-rich alluvial soils, are like manna for producing high quality wines--the fog cools things down to allow for complex flavors, acidity, and tannin development while the winds keep a lip on yields, boosting concentration.
Fruit there can see longer hang-time without losing its structure or getting overripe since the windy conditions mean fruit has to work a bit harder to achieve ripeness while  the longer hang time is great for mouthfeel and flavor intensity.

Tasting Notes:

The Sonoma Coast Chard is made from a combination of French (95) and Wente (4, Old Wente) clones.
 
Winemakers’ Notes:      
The inaugural release of Sojourn Chardonnay. Our 2011 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is a blend of several unique lots from two distinct vineyards spanning this cool-climate appellation. Each lot was fermented in French oak barrels utilizing 30% new oak.  Aromas of stone fruit, apples and white flowers lead to rich flavors and an intriguing mix of depth and vibrancy on the palate. Refreshing and layered, this wine is a fabulous blend of old-world style and new-world eloquence.

Chardonnay clone 95 was chosen from the Sangiacomo vineyard along Robert’s Road where we have been sourcing our flagship Pinot noir since 2004. This vineyard is situated in the very cool northern Petaluma gap and provides layers of minerality and citrus notes along with great acidity and length. Clone 4 and Old Wente from the Keller Estate vineyard balance out the wine with ripe aromas of stone fruit and a lush richness. Malolactic fermenation was allowed to proceed naturally as the wine aged in barrel. This Chardonnay has the weight and acidity of an excellent food wine, while showing off expressive fruit aromas that also make it a terrific sipping wine.

Our Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is a blend of unique lots from two distinct Sonoma Coast
vineyard sites. Chardonnay Clone 95 from the Sangiacomo Vineyard on Robert’s Road provides mineral notes, focus, and bright acidity. Clone 4 and Old Wente from the Keller Estate vineyards provide tropical and stone fruit components and balance out the textures to create a fabulous blend of old-world style and new-world eloquence. Each lot was fermented in French oak barrels with 30% new oak. Lees were stirred regularly during the first 3 months of fermentation and aging. Malolactic fermentation was allowed to proceed naturally in barrel.

The Story to Know:

Sojourn Cellars is a partnership between Craig Haserot and Erich Bradley, two friends who met on the tennis courts of Sonoma, and who share a desire to create delicious, handcrafted artisanal wines. Erich describes his winemaking as New World style complemented by Old World sensibilities, and he employs artisanal techniques to produce superior and distinctive wines.

We are red wine makers with a New World winemaking style; our wines are bold and expressive.  Our wines are artisanal, handcrafted and made in small lots to ensure the highest quality. Some of our guiding principles include...

  • Meticulous vineyard management
  • Sovereignty on the vine, with no two clusters touching, to insure even ripening
  • Field cluster sorting, both before and after fruit is harvested
  • Cluster and berry sorting in the winery
  • Three to five day cold soaking of the fruit
  • Whole berry, native fermentations in open-top fermenters
  • Punch downs by hand
  • Gentle basket pressing
  • Unfined and unfiltered finished wines

The wines have a strong value component. They are not cheap, but we price them within many wine buyers’ reach.

Perfect Pairings:

This wine carries the brightness and acidity to stand up to ceviche and raw oysters, as well as the roundness to complement crab or shrimp. The depth and mid-palate allow it to pair with grilled or roasted chicken, pasta with cream sauce, and white-fleshed fish such as halibut.

The inaugural release of its Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, this is a Chardonnay worthy of the winery's cult status. Available to a lucky few whom have made the 'list' (the winery's coveted mailing list), our Sourcing Team worked hard to get their hands on it here for Members.

 Sojourn first made a name for itself with its Napa Cabernet (Beckstoffer Georges III vineyard), before adding Pinot Noir, now its flagship wine, and Chardonnay to the lineup. Here, the wine comes from the prized Sangiacomo Vineyard; the same vineyard as the highly-rated Sojourn Sangiacomo Pinot noirs.  This wine showcases unique Sonoma Coast regional qualities and the Sangiacomo family's commitment to exemplary viticultural practices.

Old World inspired, yes we’re talking whole clusters and open top fermentation in French oak,  this Chardonnay is a blend of fruit from two different vineyards: Keller (Rombauer used to tap it for fruit back in the day) and Sangiacomo, where Sojourn sources its Pinot fruit. Practically brimming with concentrated stone fruit flavors and tropical fruit notes plus hints of sweet spice all wrapped in juicy acidity--this is a natural partner for food.

That’s if you can get your hands on it. Sojourn only made 400 cases--let’s just say our Sourcing Team worked wonders to get these.


Things to Know:

While not yet an official AVA, though it might be soon if the winegrowers’ petition is approved, Petaluma Gap is literally a gap in the coastal mountain ranges linking the Pacific Ocean to San Pablo Bay. Just a tiny sliver within the vast Sonoma Coast AVA, it’s huge in terms of the number of top-flight wine names based there like Ramey, MacPhail, and Wind Gap or who source fruit there: Kosta Browne, Keller, and Flowers.

The wind and fog that help set The Gap apart plus mineral-rich alluvial soils, are like manna for producing high quality wines--the fog cools things down to allow for complex flavors, acidity, and tannin development while the winds keep a lip on yields, boosting concentration.
Fruit there can see longer hang-time without losing its structure or getting overripe since the windy conditions mean fruit has to work a bit harder to achieve ripeness while  the longer hang time is great for mouthfeel and flavor intensity.

"Day-bright golden hue. Aromatics of peach, citrus rind, and floral notes will grab your attention quickly. Seekers of the full-blown malolactic style of Chardonnay with appreciate the layers of creaminess rom start to finish. The extra 2 years of bottle age has paid off with the French oak playing off the lush fruit component. A melange of stone fruit and golden delicious apples take center stage on the palate with a hint of lemon curd and white flowers." Neil Mechanic, Invino, 93 Insider Points

93 Insider Points

The Sonoma Coast Chard is made from a combination of French (95) and Wente (4, Old Wente) clones.
 
Winemakers’ Notes:      
The inaugural release of Sojourn Chardonnay. Our 2011 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is a blend of several unique lots from two distinct vineyards spanning this cool-climate appellation. Each lot was fermented in French oak barrels utilizing 30% new oak.  Aromas of stone fruit, apples and white flowers lead to rich flavors and an intriguing mix of depth and vibrancy on the palate. Refreshing and layered, this wine is a fabulous blend of old-world style and new-world eloquence.

Chardonnay clone 95 was chosen from the Sangiacomo vineyard along Robert’s Road where we have been sourcing our flagship Pinot noir since 2004. This vineyard is situated in the very cool northern Petaluma gap and provides layers of minerality and citrus notes along with great acidity and length. Clone 4 and Old Wente from the Keller Estate vineyard balance out the wine with ripe aromas of stone fruit and a lush richness. Malolactic fermenation was allowed to proceed naturally as the wine aged in barrel. This Chardonnay has the weight and acidity of an excellent food wine, while showing off expressive fruit aromas that also make it a terrific sipping wine.

Our Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is a blend of unique lots from two distinct Sonoma Coast
vineyard sites. Chardonnay Clone 95 from the Sangiacomo Vineyard on Robert’s Road provides mineral notes, focus, and bright acidity. Clone 4 and Old Wente from the Keller Estate vineyards provide tropical and stone fruit components and balance out the textures to create a fabulous blend of old-world style and new-world eloquence. Each lot was fermented in French oak barrels with 30% new oak. Lees were stirred regularly during the first 3 months of fermentation and aging. Malolactic fermentation was allowed to proceed naturally in barrel.

Sojourn Cellars is a partnership between Craig Haserot and Erich Bradley, two friends who met on the tennis courts of Sonoma, and who share a desire to create delicious, handcrafted artisanal wines. Erich describes his winemaking as New World style complemented by Old World sensibilities, and he employs artisanal techniques to produce superior and distinctive wines.

We are red wine makers with a New World winemaking style; our wines are bold and expressive.  Our wines are artisanal, handcrafted and made in small lots to ensure the highest quality. Some of our guiding principles include...

  • Meticulous vineyard management
  • Sovereignty on the vine, with no two clusters touching, to insure even ripening
  • Field cluster sorting, both before and after fruit is harvested
  • Cluster and berry sorting in the winery
  • Three to five day cold soaking of the fruit
  • Whole berry, native fermentations in open-top fermenters
  • Punch downs by hand
  • Gentle basket pressing
  • Unfined and unfiltered finished wines

The wines have a strong value component. They are not cheap, but we price them within many wine buyers’ reach.

This wine carries the brightness and acidity to stand up to ceviche and raw oysters, as well as the roundness to complement crab or shrimp. The depth and mid-palate allow it to pair with grilled or roasted chicken, pasta with cream sauce, and white-fleshed fish such as halibut.