Dolly Vineyard perches on a rolling hillside of the beautiful Truchard family estate in Carneros, in the foothills of the Mayacamas just six miles from San Pablo Bay. More than 600 Angora goats roam the property, and this particular block is named for one of Tony Truchard’s favorites—an adorable young goat who was abandoned at birth, and grew up bottle-fed by the family.
Dolly Hill is one of the highest ridges in the area and sheltered from the wind, so vines face southwest to soak up the extra warmth and sun. Classic California sprawl trellising shields the clusters from direct sunlight, and promotes the measured development of sugar and phenolics. Chardonnay from this site preserves a vivid freshness, and brightens classic Carneros fruit aromas with a distinctive chalk minerality and floral spice.
|clay and sandstone
|Average Vine Age