2018 Chardonnay Livermore Valley




TA: 5.1 g/l

pH: 3.8

Brix at harvest: 23.8

Harvest date: 9/2/2018-10/14/2018

Aging treatment: 25% American Oak Barrels, 75% Stainless Steel

Bottled: 5/16/2019


Winemaker’s Notes:

“The Chardonnay that comes from the Livermore Valley possesses a unique focus of character. While being in a warmer climate, the three vineyards which comprise this complication Chard are all located along the southern and western edges. The sloping, rolling hills of the Kalthoff common and Mines Rd locations provide small microclimates that are ideal for drainage and retaining the cool air that prolongs the growing season. The Castle Vineyard, located of Wente St, gives generous fruit to the blend.


I was a non-believer of Livermore Valley Chardonnay when I arrived here in 2004. Today, I will put these wines against any Chard on the shelf at the price point. The appellation is under-valued. It is one of the more exciting wines that I work with.”

Dane Stark, Owner & Winemaker

Tasting Notes:

The barrel fermentation of 25% of this Chardonnay adds complexity while the 75% that is fermented in stainless steel under temperature control provides freshness and structure. 

It has opening notes of butter, lemon, fruit and honey suckle with a bit of almond and vanilla on the nose.

It has a lovely, golden yellow, straw color.


The palate entry is of floral components with ripe fruit in the California style and a soft, pleasing mid palate. The acidity is tempered making this an excellent food wine but one that drinks all by itself just fine! There is honey and buttercup in the finish with lingering bright floral and a subtle kiss of American Oak.