2020 Tessier Camino Alto Skin-Contact Chardonnay
Region: El Dorado < California
Vineyard/Cellar Stats: Uncertified organic farming from the Camino Alto Vineyard; picked on 9/4/20 at 22.8 brix. Destemmed, spends 4 days on skins, then pressed to tank; bottled unfined/unfiltered with 20ppm So2; 13.8% ABV; 150 cases
Winemaker: Kristie Tacey
Kristie started her own project in 2009, working with a handful of family-farmed vineyards in NorCal, and at first, played it safe with more conventional California-style wines. But as she’s learned and grown more confident, she has moved over to the natty side. But first she is a scientist, so although the wines are made in a very low-intervention way, they are clean, precise and balanced.