Like his father before him, Alex Davis has resisted the lure of trendiness, opting for a traditional approach based first and foremost on excellent farming and simple winemaking. Fresno-educated and Chambolle-Musigny-trained, Alex introduced biodynamic agriculture to his family’s extremely low yielding vineyards.
The Russian River Valley Chardonnay is sourced from their own hillside parcel with some old-vine material from nearby Green Valley. One of the keys to Alex’s success has been an exceptionally rigorous approach to choosing when to harvest added criteria like leaf condition and ‘pulpiness’ to the analysis alongside scientific testing and taste. The result of the extra care at the outset of the harvest season is a sense of balance lacking in so many Californian Chardonnays. Like all of the Porter Creek white and pink wines the Chardonnay is whole cluster pressed, settled overnight and transferred to French barrel (no more than 30% new wood) for natural fermentation, malolactic conversion and aging until bottling. This is that classic Cali sun juice but with more vigor and tenderness.