Monte Rio Cellars Chardonnay
Following a successful career as a sommelier and restaurant owner in New York City, Patrick set his sights on the West Coast to make wine, launching Monte Rio Cellars. Patrick’s philosophy is to make hand-crafted wines in the spirit of old California - working with family owned, organically farmed vineyards and simple winemaking. Spontaneous fermentations take place with whole cluster grapes in stainless steel and concrete, and aging takes place in neutral oak barrels. The goal is to make moderate alcohol, higher acid, fresh wines, naturally. 100% Chardonnay from Hawkeye vineyard in Mendocino County. Organically farmed. Natural yeast fermentation occurred in stainless steel. Aged in oak barrels for five months and then transferred back to stainless steel for two months.