2020 - 2027
The Mt. Pajaro vineyard was planted in 2010, and the 2017 Chardonnay Mt. Pajaro Vineyard marks the first time Rhys has bottled this as a single vineyard designate. Along with the Horseshoe and Alpine vineyard Chardonnays, fruit was picked both before and after the Labor Day heat wave. "It's less clear, that character," winemaker Jeff Brinkman says of the Chardonnays versus the Pinot Noirs this vintage. The Mt. Pajaro opens with delicate notions of orange blossom, warm hay, spring honey, pie crust and hints of baking spice with loads of ripe orchard and peachy fruit at the core, plus stone and creamy notions. Light to medium-bodied, it's intense, lively and minerally in the mouth with juicy acidity and a long, refreshing finish.