Founded in 1985 by Shari, Garen, Brandon and Shannon, Staglin Family Vineyard takes pride in the tradition of family ownership and participation. With an uncompromising commitment to quality, their mission is to produce world class wines that reflect the distinctive character of the historic Rutherford Bench estate. As stewards of the land they farm the vineyard organically, tap in to solar fields for power and produce the wines in a state of the art underground production facility
Staglin Family Vineyards Salus Chardonnay 2018
The 2018 Salus is rich and expressive with heady aromas of honeysuckle and chamomile surrounding a core of butterscotch inflected citrus and young tropical fruits warmed by subtle spices. Body and texture abound as the swirl of juicy ripe fruits glide across the palate in a seamless flow of unctuous delight kept honest by a refreshing undercurrent of acidity.
The 2018 growing season was even and mild – a delightful respite and contrast to the extremes of 2017. A generally dry winter gave way to a wet early spring that fully charged the soil profile with generous and well-timed rains. Ideal conditions during the flowering period allowed for a great set made for an abundant potential crop. The crop load was remarkable not because the number of clusters or the size of the berries, but for the sheer number of berries on each cluster. A generally temperate and languid summer led to a delayed and measured Estate Chardonnay
harvest that spanned a record 24 days. The grapes were again picked in the cool early mornings to maintain their freshness, natural acidity and delicate flavours.
The winery utilizes traditional Burgundian winemaking techniques, while respecting the unique quality of the fruit the vineyard delivers. The grapes are hand sorted, whole cluster pressed and then barrel-fermented. Given the high starting acids, they allowed more of the lots for this cuvee to go through malolactic fermentation to bring additional balance and texture to this wine. Finally, the wine is aged on its lees for ten months in entirely large format barrels with minimal ‘batonnage’ to optimize the purity and aromatic freshness.
Proceeds from the sale of each bottle of Salus wine support brain health research