Nestled among towering old-growth redwoods in the fog overlooking Occidental and the Pacific Ocean, Lancel Creek hardly seems the setting for growing Grand Cru-worthy Chardonnay. It required the intrepid viticultural hand of Ulises Valdez to realize the potential of this remote ridgetop in 2002, and slowly cultivate it into a site that can rightly stake its claim as a New World sibling to the best that Chablis can offer. On a foundation of pale Goldridge soil, Ulises farms a combination of Old Wente and Montrachet clones. The former fascinates winemakers for its intriguing flavor variations within individual clusters. Old Wente's counterpoint is the Montrachet clone, which is unique in California - it reveals complexity at low Brix for a lean, structured profile. This razor-focused wine drives acidity and tension - the signatures of Erich Bradley's approach to Chardonnay.