Where: Sangiacomo Caterina Vineyard, Carneros, Sonoma County
Who: Melody Meckfessel is an accomplished software engineering executive that has been described by WIRED Magazine as “The Woman at the Heart of Everything Google Builds” and by Business Insider as “one of the most powerful women in tech”. (Yeah. Wow!)
Hailing from generations of ranchers, including the matriarchal namesake Jessie Doris Poundstone, Melody continued the family farming tradition with the founding of Poundstone Wines in 2007. In the vineyard and cellar, she collaborates with winemaking partner Bruce Devlin; her brother Bryan Mann and sister-in-law Cristen Mann help lead operations.
Why: You’re craving a classic Chardonnay with a bit of extra vibrance and inspiration.
How: Poundstone’s Sangiacomo Chardonnay is sourced from the Catarina Vineyard located in the Carneros region of Sonoma. With cool mornings and sunny afternoons, this vineyard encourages grapes to mature slowly and evenly while maintaining a vibrant acidity. Robert Young Clone (#17) , which thrives in this area of Sonoma, offers green apple flavors and fleshy fruit quality. The fruit for this wine was partially fermented in cool tank to let the natural esters remain and retain optimal liveliness. The wine was then finished in both barrels and stainless drums, allowing for full lees contact and fractional barrel fermentation. It was aged on the lees, stirred bi-monthly, and bottled after 9 months to retain its brightness.
“It is an honor and a joy to create Poundstone wines from this quality Sonoma fruit. Nothing makes us more happy than for people to enjoy Poundstone with their family and friends, whether they are sharing a meal or celebrating a special moment.”