With great ancestors, such as the 2014 vintage (93 WE) & 2015 vintage (90 WE), the Braff Vineyard Big Sur 2017 is a promising wine. Originated in the Braff Vineyard which sits atop a steep and rocky ridge, rising over 1100 feet and overlooking the Big Sur coastline less than a mile in the distance. The exposed coastal location produces tiny quantities of intensely flavored Chardonnay grapes that every year struggle on the fringe of ripeness; struggling against powerful winds, dense fog and cold weather at this extremely rare and beautiful site.
The grapes were hand-harvested on September 2017, and were whole cluster pressed and barrel fermented sur lees in 100% French Oak barrels, 25% new oak. Native "wild" yeasts and long cool fermentation with full malolactic occurring naturally. The wine is barrel aged 19 months prior to bottling.