Nancie Chardonnay

Sonoma County AVA

Named after Joe Donelan’s mother, the Nancie Chardonnay is our take on cool-climate, timeless Chardonnay. We love the way Nancie captures the classic qualities of Chardonnay while also exhibiting the unique traits of the unusual sites we source from. This Chardonnay is an emphasis on Old Vines, dry farming, and California heritage clones and selections. Every vintage embodies elegance and class, but no vintage is the same. The assemblage changes every year, so Nancie does not have a recipe. This wine lets us sit shotgun while the cool climate and the terroir do all the navigating, and they never steer us wrong. It is truly an inimitable wine made from a blend of incredible fruit we farm throughout Sonoma County, from the Coast to the Sonoma/Napa border.

Nancie Chardonnay



On the nose, the Nancie Chardonnay opens with nutmeg, ginger snap, and chai spice leading to high-tone fruit like red apple skin, orange blossom, orchard fruit, and green pineapple. Judicious acidity makes this a great candidate for pairing with food. It’s very fresh on the palate, engaging, and invigorating, and it has quite a finish for Chardonnay. This is a stand-out wine among its peers, with one foot in California, and one foot in the old world.

DFW Nancie from Donelan Family Wines on Vimeo.


Chardonnay (100%)

Soil Vineyard & Terroir

The Nancie Chardonnay comes from an array of vineyards each year, however, we typically always include fruit from our old-vine, dry-farmed estate, Obsidian Vineyard. Other prominent sources for Nancie are Farina Vineyard on Sonoma Mountain and the 45-year-old vines of Lazy W Ranch in the Russian River Valley. In recent years we added fruit from Searby, Allen Family Ranch, and Garbro Ranch owned by the Dellinger family.

Vinification Vinification

20% new French oak with 10 months of élevage.

Best Drank By Drink By

3 to 7 years

Palate Aromas & Palate

Nutmeg, ginger snap, chai spice, orange blossom, and red apple skin on the nose. Salinity, minerality, and wonderful acidity on the palate.

Food Pairing Food Pairing

Seared scallops and lobster mac-and-cheese are two of our favorite Nancie Chardonnay pairings.
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