White Rock Vineyards

Breccia
2015 Chardonnay
Napa Valley

2017 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 21 | Lot No. 153
Vintage

2015

White Rock Vineyards

Breccia

Chardonnay
Napa Valley

5 cases produced

Highlights

  • This wine is a barrel selection of our oldest vines chosen for elegance, grace and complexity
  • Sourced exclusively from our oldest Chardonnay vines planted in 1979; half Clone 4, half Clone 76
  • Named for our white ash soil, White Rock has been farming without pesticides since the 1870s
  • This wine is fermented in French oak barrels, 33% new oak, and aged sur lie for 18 months

Volcanic breccia is a textural term which refers to angular fragments that recement over time into agglomerated deposits. The soil at White Rock Vineyards took four million years to form these unique qualities of compressed volcanic ash, which impart high mineral tones to all White Rock wines. White Rock Chardonnay is known for steel and saline tones, balanced with bright citrus and tropical fruit. Planted in 1979, these 37-year-old vines are naturally farmed and yield approximately two tons per acre. Fermented in French Oak, and aged sur lie for 18 months, the Breccia Chardonnay is pure and driven with elegance, grace and complexity.


Wine Facts

  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced
  • Organically produced (also commonly called "organically grown")
  • Wine is 100% estate grown and bottled

Christopher Vandendriessche

Winemaker, White Rock Vineyards

Winemaker, Christopher Vandendriessche

Christopher Vandendriessche was raised in Napa Valley, learning the wine business from his parents. Growing up on the farm, Christopher felt that his first passion was science. While at UCSC pursuing a degree in Physics, Christopher began brewing beer in his dorm room. After graduating in 1992, he came home to tell his father he was, “fascinated with fermentation technology.” Realizing the potential of combining his new found interests with the family business, Christopher moved to France and enrolled in the University of Bordeaux. He graduated with an Enology degree, and went on to work at Chateau Pape Clement in Bordeaux. Following harvests in Burgundy, Spain (Remelluri in Rioja), and Argentina (Catena in Mendoza), Christopher returned to Napa for a position as Assistant Winemaker working under John Kongsgaard at Luna. For the next two years, they made wine for a legendary group of winemakers including David Ramey, Dan Baron, Bill Knuttel, and Marco Capelli, among others. In 1999 Christopher returned to White Rock as Winemaker, excited to apply his winemaking techniques to the property he knows so well. Today, Christopher and his brother Michael have taken over the business, working together to craft thoughtful and balanced wines showcasing the unique terroir of White Rock Vineyards. Christopher and his wife Sarah live with their son in Napa.

Country born: United States

Education: BA Physics, UCSanta Cruz, UV Oenologie Universite a Bordeaux, 3 years work in France, 1 harvest work in Rioja, Mentors(Henri Vandendriessche, John Kongsgaard, Dave Ramey, David Danielak)

Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years

Winemaking Philosophy:
Noble winemaking involves stewarding the terroir to it's natural and balanced expression in the wine. When in doubt always choose balance over power. French Oak should be a spice, not a dominant flavor. Make minimal inputs, find natural balance in the vineyard through careful farming.

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355 Franklin Street
Napa  CA  94559
707-738-1165

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Premiere Napa Valley Wine Collection

Winery Vintage Variety Appellation Fanciful Auction
White Rock Vineyards 2015 Chardonnay Napa Valley Breccia 21
Porter Family Vineyards 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Coombsville Lion's Lair 18
Hill Wine Company 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain 17
Rutherford Grove Winery and Vineyards 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain Proprietary Blend 13
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