Winemaker’s Notes: The 2013 Chardonnay underwent a slow, cool fermentation with a neutral yeast strain to retain natural fruit and varietal character. Malolactic fermentation was prevented to preserve the natural crispness exhibited in this Mendocino Chardonnay. Aging took place in predominately stainless steel tanks with some minimal American Oak contact to round out the flavor profile.
Aromas and flavors of peaches and pears are complemented by mild acidity which leads to a fresh and long lasting finish. This chardonnay is touched by sweet American Oak which adds roundness to the body and a touch of vanilla.
About The Winery: Dominion wines are created by the Nelson Family to express the true nature of their vineyards and growing region. The Nelsons have been growing grapes since 1952 when Herman and Clara Nelson sold their ranch in what is now the Silicon Valley and headed north, landing in Southern Mendocino County near the town of Hopland.
The farm has evolved from plum growing and sheep ranching to growing vineyards, bartlett pears, olives, and Christmas trees. The majority of the farm is rolling hills and range land with over 200 acres planted with twelve varietals of wine grapes, including Zinfandel, Carignane, Pinot Grigio, Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Orange Muscat, Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Merlot.
About The Region: Dominion Wines are made from the estate vineyards of the Nelson Family in Mendocino County. The nearby town of Hopland is the heart of Mendocino’s wine region with 15 tasting rooms and thousands of acres planted with premium vineyards.
Mendocino County is a large, rugged winegrowing region home to over 550 vineyards encompassing total acreage of 2.4 million acres, with less than 1% planted to wine grapes. With a long history in winemaking, Mendocino County is made up of mostly small, family owned vineyards. The typical size of vineyard properties is only 14 acres, often farming just one varietal.