Lot #18 FLOWERS VINEYARDS & WINERY
ABOVE THE FOGLINE
Camp Meeting Ridge 60%, Sea View Ridge 40%
- Fort Ross-Seaview
ABOUT THE WINE:
This small lot of 2022 Chardonnay is a rare blend hailing from both of Flowers’ iconic estate vineyards, Camp Meeting Ridge and Sea View Ridge, at the outer reaches of the Sonoma Coast. Singular sites with vastly different terroir and geology, these vineyards are unified in their distinctive and extreme elevation. Perched high atop the first ridgeline of the coast, the Chardonnay blocks at both sites are planted at 1,400-1,800 feet elevation, just above the fog line.
In 1989, Joan and Walt Flowers came across a brief advertisement in the back of a wine publication for a mountaintop piece of land on the first ridgeline of the Sonoma Coast. This was uncharted territory for farming grapes, and despite being warned of the risks (industry advisors said “it can’t be done”), they visited the property. As they passed 1,100 feet in elevation, they broke through the fog line into warm mountaintop sunshine and realized that “it could be done.”
Winemaker Chantal Forthun expresses the wild and rugged beauty of the coastal vineyards through a light-touch: farming responsibly, harvesting by hand, using 100% native fermentation, and crafting wine with minimal intervention. Expect elegance and profundity from “Above the Fog Line,” bright and fresh with notes of citrus (preserved lemon is a hallmark) and mineral salinity harkening back to its coastal origins.
WINEMAKER(S): Chantal Forthun
ESTIMATED BOTTLING DATE: September 2023
ESTIMATED SHIPPING DATE: March 2024
National Distribution: AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY, Washington, DC
International Distribution: Includes Japan, Korea, Norway; please inquire for additional countries.