Vintner Donald Patz has more than thirty years of experience in the wine business. He has been involved in the production of luxury-level Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and is intimately familiar with the vineyards of the Russian River Valley. In 2017, he was afforded the opportunity to begin again with a new brand called Maritana Vineyards that focuses exclusively on Russian River Valley Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
From the various vineyard sources that will form the very first vintage for Maritana Vineyards, Mr. Patz has chosen a single barrel (Tonnellerie Gauthier #023) of Wente-Clone Chardonnay from the Big River Vineyard near Healdsburg. Immediately following the harvest of 2017 the vineyard was purchased by Silver Oak winery. These grapes will no longer be available for Maritana Vineyards’ wine and in fact will shortly be replanted to Cabernet Sauvignon.
Only one barrel of Big River Vineyard Chardonnay will ever be produced under the Maritana Vineyards banner. This is the first-ever barrel auction offering from Maritana Vineyards from its premier vintage. Mr. Patz is thrilled to share this truly one-of-a-kind, cannot-be-duplicated wine with the winning bidder.