Robert Young Estate Winery
Robert Young Estate Winery selects the finest fruit from small sections of the family vineyards to produce Chardonnay; Scion, a red Bordeaux-style wine; and Merlot. In those years when certain special sections of Robert Young Vineyards provide perfect fruit, we also make Red Winery Road, Bob’s Burn Pile Cabernet Sauvignon, and Big Rock Block Cabernet Franc— all in very small batches of 50 to 150 cases.
Chardonnay is made predominantly from the Robert Young clone #17, a vine developed at the Robert Young family vineyard and acknowledged as one of the most distinctive Chardonnay vines in the world. The grapes are hand picked. The wine goes through primary and full malolactic fermentations in French oak barrels and is aged sur lies (on the sediments) in the same barrel for 10 months. The wine is “racked” off the lies, returned to the barrel and then aged an additional four months in caves behind the winery. The wine generally has intense aromas and flavors of tropical fruit, toasty oak from the barrels, and a mouth-filling finish. Approximately 2,000-3,000 cases of this wine are made each year.