Guarachi Family Wines Sun Chase Chardonnay 2017

Guarachi Family Wines Sun Chase Chardonnay 2017

(Sun Chase) – The 2016 growing season was early, even and all-around excellent. A warm, dry spring brought early bud break, helped with canopy vigor and berry size, and created ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set under sunny skies. Our grapes were gently whole-cluster pressed for over four hours (Press cycle used in Champagne). Only 10% of the wine was allowed to go through malolactic fermentation in order to preserve the brightness of the wine and gain just enough roundness on the palate.


VARIETALS: 100% Chardonnay


AGING: Aged 11 months in 100% French oak, 40% new

ALCOHOL: 14.8%

TASTING NOTES: Notes of citrus, lemon, crushed rocks and white flowers. It’s medium-bodied,fresh and clean, albeit in a slightly mid-weight, yet charming style. I like its purity and elegance.

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Guarachi Family Wines Sun Chase Chardonnay 2017

Region: Guarachi Family Wines

After many years marketing and assisting in the production of fine wine from all over the world, Alex Guarachi created a brand to carry his own family name and reflect only the highest quality Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon in California. Guarachi Family Wines is sourced from micro-lots within California’s most premier appellations – Sonoma Coast and Napa Valley.

Julian Gonzalez, Chief Winemaker
Julian Gonzalez serves as lead winemaker for Guarachi Family Wines and caretaker to Guarachi’s Meadowrock estate (Atlas Peak AVA of Napa Valley) and Sun Chase Vineyard (Petaluma Gap AVA of Sonoma Coast).

Previously, Gonzalez was Lead Winemaker for all Paul Hobbs Consulting programs from 2007 to 2016. Prior to that, Gonzalez worked under winemaker and mentor, Rolando Herrera, at Mi Sueno, Argentina’s Vina Cobos and Paul Hobbs Winery in addition to working in the cellars at Stag’s Leap, Dominus Estate and Louis M. Martini Winery.