Although this wine label was created by Emmy Award winning sports commentator (caller) Jim Nantz (hence the name The Calling) and wine industry entrepreneur Peter Deutsch, the master at work here is winemaker James MacPhail, an expert craftsman of Chardonnay. James has deep family roots in Sonoma County and a long history of producing critically acclaimed wines of tremendous character.
This Chardonnay was barrel fermented in French oak using wild yeasts. Grapes were hand-sorted and 100% whole-cluster pressed. James took two-thirds of the wine through full malolactic fermentation, and aged the barrels sur lie (on the yeast) for 8 months with frequent stirring of the fine lees imparting additional flavor and complexity. This wine was aged in 15% new oak primarily from the legendary Damy cooperage.
James describes this wine as having "A vibrant nose with enticing aromas of white peach, white roses and honeysuckle. The crisp acidity on the palate is balanced by bright fruit notes of Gravenstein apple, pear and stone fruit that linger with a refreshing, elegant finish." James recommends pairing the wine with grilled salmon, herb crusted poultry, or slices of goat Gouda.