In 2000, Red Car produced its first vintage, 50 cases of Syrah, in a Los Angeles garage. Now, twenty years later, under the direction of viticulturist, Greg Adams, and winemaker, Tanner Scheer, they farm five dramatic ridge-top vineyards in Occidental, Sebastopol, Freestone and Cazadero. This rugged terrain’s soil and coastal influence provide perfect growing conditions for their hallmark style: perfumed aromatics, bright fruit, crisp texture, and uplifting acidity.
Red Car is passionately committed to producing wines of purity and focus on expressing the authentic varietal character and terroir of their unique coastal vineyard sites.
This month, you’ll be tasting a bottle of Red Car Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018 Vintage, which offers a unique opportunity to color outside the lines. This is done by blending select clones and blocks from each of their three Chardonnay vineyards, in pursuance of harmony and balance in the glass. With two of their plantings in the remote and dramatic Fort Ross Sea-View appellation and one just outside the tiny village of Freestone, they are afforded the opportunity to farm and produce Chardonnay from some of the most unique coastal locations in California.
2018 proved to be a stellar growing year, during which they experienced a long, slow and
cool growing season, where Chardonnay was able to ripen to full maturity while maintaining beautiful natural chemistry.