2021 Jonive "Estate" Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, California, USA

The wine has complex aromas of lemongrass, nutmeg, Meyer lemon, fresh oregano, and a touch of passionfruit. This Chardonnay has an enveloping mouthfeel that is at once crisp and linear as well as rich and expansive, a very unusual and beguiling combination of textures and mouthfeel. The palate shows jasmine, honeydew melon, tarragon, lime, and lemongrass with a nice kiss of high-quality French oak. The extended lees contact gives the wine amazing length, energy, and vitality.


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Clone 95 was pressed into a tank where it was chilled, settled, and racked, then allowed to ferment naturally for 12 days before going into the barrel. The primary and secondary fermentations lasted in barrels until April 20th. The wine remained on its original lees until just prior to bottling. The clone 17/Robert Young Chardonnay was pressed into the tank and allowed to brown naturally before a natural fermentation occurred. This lasted for 15 days before going to barrel. It is in barrel where it finished the last 12 days of primary fermentation and six weeks of natural secondary fermentation; resting on its original lees until just prior to bottling.


With the launch of Jonive, the Underwood family is writing the next chapter in their long history in the wine business. The Underwoods are the owners of Young’s Holdings, one of America’s oldest continuously operated family-owned businesses. Originally established as Young’s Market Company in 1888, and expanding over decades to grocery, soda bottling, meat, and seafood wholesale, and ultimately alcohol beverage wholesale, Young’s Holdings is now in its fifth generation of family leadership with a passion and focus on fine wine. The founding of Jonive marks an exciting evolution for the family, in establishing estate-grown wines of exceptional quality.

Jonive’s Moon Dust Vineyard is nested within the Sebastopol Hills in the coolest area of the Russian River Valley, home to rare and desirable Goldridge soils. First planted to vines in 1998, the vineyard consists of four pristine acres of Chardonnay, comprising two individual clones across two blocks. In 2007, the vineyard was expanded to comprise an additional 11 acres of Pinot Noir, planted to 6 distinct Pinot Noir clones. Jonive is a true reflection of vine maturity, organic farming, high-quality soil, and a world-class microclimate.


Grape(s) Chardonnay
Farming Organic