The C2 brand is our nod to Albert Michelson - the 1907 Murphys-born, Noble award-winning physicist known for his work on measuring the speed of light (he is the "C2" in Einstein's equation E=MC2). Chuck used to say that winemaking is "art art and part science". That said, we like to keep our blend unique from year to year. Our 2022 vintage leans into the Albarino (66%) with the Chardonnay rounding things out (34%). The result is a refreshing, dry white that is perfect on a hot summer afternoon.
It's a warm July afternoon, and you've packed a picnic and a lovely bottle of the C2 White Blend. You find the perfect spot in the shade and crack open the bottle. The first thing you notice is the pale yellow in color of the wine as it sparkles. You swirl the wine around a bit and take a deep breath - something floral, maybe honeysuckle. With your first sip you find yourself smiling, enjoying a crispness that reminds you of green apples. As you enjoy your second sip, you notice the lingering finish and clean mouthfeel and think about your next glass.
Our Chardonnay fruit comes from our friends at Chatom Vineyard on Esmerelda Road in San Andreas. The Albarino comes to us from Aloria Vineyards in the beautiful hills overlooking the New Melones Reservoir.
Once harvested, the fruit is immediately pressed and cold fermented in stainless steel for a week or so until fermentation is complete. The wine is then moved to neutral oak barrels where it matures for about 8 months. It is then bottled locally in Murphys and made available in our Tasting Room.
Chuck Hovey was one of the first winemakers to plant Albarino in Calaveras county. It has always been the foundation of our white blend; which is part art and part science. The blending of this vintage was a collective effort done together with the Hovey Partners and some of our tasting room staff. We found that this unique blend (50% Albarino and 50% Chardonnay) hit just the right balance between fruit and acid. We all think it is one of our best blends to date.
Food Pairing Notes
The clean, crisp elements of this blend lend themselves to succulent grilled prawns or salmon, big juicy summer salads, fun picnic foods, or just a bit of shade on a warm summer day.