Marimar Estate La Masia Chardonnay is made from 100% Chardonnay grapes from Marimar Torres’ Don Miguel Vineyard in the Russian River.
Owner Marimar Torres is the sister of Miguel Torres, patriarch and CEO of the world-famous Torres Spanish wine company. Marimar Torres began planting vines in 1986 and it is the only Californian vineyards to be totally planted in the European style – there is high density planting, the vines are planted on a south west facing vertical training system. The grafts are Phylloxera resistant and the planting density is 5000 vines per hectare, which is about four times more than the traditional Californian planting density. These characteristics favour competition among plants and roots, reducing yield in the plants. The vines live for longer in this way and develop more intense and elegant aromas, greater concentration of flavours and more balance. The winery was completed in 1992 and sits on a hill surrounded by the vineyards.
The Don Miguel vineyard is an 81 acre vineyard with a cool microclimate which is located in the Southwest corner of the Russian River Valley, in the Green Valley sub-appellation of Sonoma County, the coolest, foggiest region of the Russian River Valley, only ten miles from the Pacific. It is farmed organically and biodynamically. The vineyard is planted with Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Albarino, Syrah and Tempranillo. There are 30 acres of Chardonnay which are the See, Rued and Spring Mountain clones. The soils are sandy loam, light and well drained (Goldridge series), of volcanic origin and marine sediment.
After harvest, the grapes for Marimar Estate La Masia Chardonnay are gently whole-cluster pressed and barrel fermented in premium French oak barrels (44% new) coopered by Damy from the forest of Allier and Rousseau from the center of France. The wine undergoes 100% malolactic fermentation and the wine is then aged on its lees in the same barrels for 9 months. The blend of clones in the 2017 vintage is 39% See, 38% Rued and 23% Spring Mountain.