Tobias Glen “vīvō” Chardonnay
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Grapes for vīvō are sourced from one of the best and most respected Chardonnay growers in the Carneros region in Napa Valley.
- The heirloom Burgundian selection was developed over 22 years ago, planted on a gentle hillside on shallow clay soil and an alluvial riverbed.
- Carneros is the southernmost sub-appellation of the Napa Valley, located just above the northern tip of the San Francisco Bay. It is influenced by fog and southerly breezes from the bay and the Petaluma Gap, which keep it cooler than the rest of the valley and allow for a long, moderate growing season that is ideal for Chardonnay.
Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
Elaboration: Barrel aged 18 months in neutral French oak.
Tasting Notes: The nose is dominated by intense aromatic and floral driven notes. The palate is a lovely interweaving of stone fruit, expressive minerality confirming its Hyde vineyard pedigree. Broad shouldered yet fine, showing great acidity and richness, dense, expensive, and soft on the palate. The finish is intense and refreshing opulence with a mixed of spice, clove, and delicate citrus blossoms.
2018 – 95+ Wine Advocate
The Tobias Glen Vineyard is a 19-acre estate located in one of the most cherished cool-climate micro-regions of the Russian River Valley AVA in Sonoma County, California. It was saved from being demolished and turned into a housing development when California Wineries & Vineyards (CWV), the parent company of Tobias Glen Vineyard, acquired it in 2015.
Our vineyard farming is conducted by Art Robledo, Jr., and his well-respected family, who have been tending Tobias Glen for more than a decade. Art believes it is important to be a good steward of the land by practicing environmentally friendly techniques and to treat each vine individually. Four acres are farmed, and the rest remains a conservation forest. The vineyard is certified sustainable.
A native of Burgundy, winemaker Stéphane Vivier applies his old-world sensibilities at several Napa, Sonoma, Russian River Valley, and Mendocino wineries. To Stéphane, the best winemaker is one who largely keeps his hands to himself, allowing nature to do what it does best.