2017 MF North Coast Chardonnay

About Matthew Fritz
Founded by vintner and entrepreneur Matthew Bonanno, Matthew Fritz is the companion wines to his Napa Valley flagshipBonAnno Cabernet Sauvignon. Matthew Fritz was founded on a few simple principles.  Seek out and source only from top North Coast vineyards. Let the fruit stand on its own through a pure, clean winemaking process. And ultimately, ensure every bottle of Matthew Fritz is a true representation of both the variety and appellation.


Vintage
California’s 2017 harvest wrapped up early this fall following summer heat spurts and a growing season that saw significant rain throughout the state ending a five-year drought. Vineyard.  The drought is over with the season beginning with rainfall that refilled reservoirs and replenished soils. Harvest began early at a normal pace in many regions, and then progressed rapidly during a heat wave in late August and early September. Temperatures cooled mid-September, slowing the harvest pace and allowing red grapes to ripen gradually. Many regions are reporting reduced yields due to the heat spell, but vintners are reporting strong quality for the 2017 vintage.


Vineyard
Our 2017 Matthew Fritz Chardonnay was sourced from Mendocino/Russian River – Vineyards located along the Russian River in southern Mendocino County just North of Hopland.


Winemaker
Renowned winemaker, Jim Milone, crafts, blends and bottles Matthew Fritz in Healdsburg, Sonoma County.   Jim grew up in the vineyards of his grandfather’s winery in Mendocino County and currently lives in Northern Sonoma.  His excellent relationships with wineries and growers throughout the North Coast of California are invaluable to our vineyard sourcing.


Winemaker Notes
Our 2017 Chardonnay is bright and fresh with medium gold color. Aromas of ripe pear and yellow apple. Crisp clean fruit in mid palate.  It finishes with flavors of white peach and just a hint of French Oak.

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Suggested Retail Price: $13.00

Composition: 100% Chardonnay 
Ageing: 85% stainless steel and 15% in French oak for 7 months
Alcohol: 14.2%        
Production:  4,000 cases