Maddie’s Vineyard is located along Westside Road, just south of the town of Healdsburg, in the area of the Russian River Valley referred to as the Middle Reach.
Sited on the benchland on the western edge of the river, the soils of Maddie’s Vineyard are a mixture of river gravel, sand, silt, and fossil alluvium. They overlay the coastal belt of the Franciscan rocks, remnants of the oceanic plates that fractured while colliding with the western edge of North America. Rich in various minerals, the soils are naturally well drained and the roots of the vines run deep.
At just 3.5 acres, Maddie’s Vineyard is quite small by California standards, and only .75 acres is planted to Chardonnay. Aggressive pruning, green harvesting, cluster selection, and multiple passes through the vineyard further limit crop yields. Despite its tiny size, the vineyard is harvested in three separate picks to ensure optimum ripeness for each and every cluster.
2008 will be remembered, at least by Sonoma winemakers, as a year of dramatic extremes. As the year began, the region saw an extraordinary amount of rainfall, followed closely by the driest March and April in Sonoma County history. But that wasn’t the only challenge Mother Nature threw at us—there were also record-breaking frosts. During bud break, the temperature vacillated erratically, with some days seeing differences of 50 degrees or more. Not surprisingly, harvest came early, in the midst of some very hot days towards the end of August. While keeping us on our toes, the weather of 2008 proved our agility to act and react at a moment’s notice, and reminded us that we are stewards of the land, not rulers of it. And despite our yield being lower than usual, the resulting fruit was stalwart, complex and powerful—making for structured and provocative wines.
NOSE: An elegant and ethereal bouquet of rose petal, bright cherry and strawberry.
PALATE: Belied by its light aroma, this wine arrives with gusto on the palate, delivering massive mouthfeel and succulent flavors of pomegranate, cherry and brownie batter.