Chardonnay, ‘Charles Ranch’, Martinelli
Situated on 3 acres of Josephine and Goldridge soils this vineyard was planted in 1982 and is now entirely chardonnay.
The Charles Ranch was once one of the largest sheep ranches in Sonoma County. George Charles was a fourth generation rancher in the vast rugged hills and raised 2,000 head of sheep along with a small herd of bison. George’s son-in-law, Lee Martinelli Sr., was a successful third generation grape grower and consulted with George as to which grape variety would be the most suitable to plant in this unique climate. This distinct micro-climate is two miles inland from the Pacific coastline and is greatly influenced by the coastal fog.
Press & Reviews
The 2015 Chardonnay Charles Ranch boasts tremendous aromatic intensity and brightness to play off the rich, layered fruit. Wonderfully complete and harmonious, the Charles Ranch is a wine that brings together striking perfume, a classic, rich expression of Martinelli fruit and silky, plush texture. At the same time, there is a palpable sense of translucence and underlying minerality that convey elegance. Time in the glass only brings out the wine's pedigree further. What a gorgeous wine this is.