2020 Head High Sonoma County Chardonnay

2020 Head High Sonoma County Chardonnay

¥3,410 (incl. tax)

Crisp, zesty Chardonnay doesn’t get much better - or cheaper - than 2020 Head High! Once again, the folks behind Head High have produced Chardonnay that’s full-bodied and bursting with mouthwatering ripe pear and green apple flavors for a price that’s much lower than one would expect. The secret lies in Bill Price’s excellent connections with owners of top, cool-climate Sonoma vineyards and obtaining their fruit at extremely friendly prices. The wine is fermented and aged in stainless steel, and, unlike most Chardonnay, it does not undergo malolactic fermentation. So the flavors stay crisp and fresh rather than become tropical and buttery. Even so, this wine exhibits great character, full body and luscious mouthfeel. An excellent choice with Thai-style grilled chicken.

Winery


Winery Description

Head High was founded in 2015 by Bill Price, Sonoma wine country entrepreneur and one time surfer dude, to champion Pinot Noir from great Sonoma vineyards as well  sustainable viticulture and philanthropic-oriented business practices. Bill Price may be that major Sonoma County wine business leader that you have never heard of. For, while his name does not appear on any wine label or wine estate gate, he is an owner of or investor in many of Sonoma County’s storied wine producers, including Kistler Estate, Gary Farrell, and Kosta Browne, as well as the wineries he’s founded, Three Sticks and Head High. He also owns some famous vineyards, including Durrell and Gap’s Crown vineyards, whose fruit is used not only in Price’s wine projects but is purchased by several top-line Sonoma producers. Currently, Head High is offering Pinot Noir from the Sonoma County and Sonoma Coast AVAs, but the winery has worked with Zinfandel, Grenache, and Tempranillo in the past, either in a rosé or a red blend. In addition to standard glass bottles, Head High is producing Pinot Noir in 250 ml aluminum cans, which are super convenient for wine lovers heading for the outdoors and are 100% recyclable, too. For every two bottles of Head High purchased, the company donates one dollar to either the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation or Sustainable Surf, a non-profit dedicated to preserving the oceans. 

About this Wine


Country USA
Region California
Appellation(s) Sonoma County
Winery Head High
Vintage 2020
Color White
Varietal(s) Chardonnay
Closure Screw Cap
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 8.0 x 29.5
Case Size 34.5 x 26.0 x 30.5
Alcohol 14.5%
Product Code HH20CH
UPC 857910005164
MLF 0%

Owning & Enjoying


Tasting notes

A lively perfume of green apple, pear, anise and jasmine greets the nose. Flavors of stone fruit and citrus quickly envelop the palate, finishing long with zip and minerality. Medium-to-full-bodied Chardonnay, with great balance and energy.

Production


Vinification

Fermented in stainless steel and bottled early in the new year.

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