Tropical fruit, citrus, and spice – our 2014 Estate Chardonnay is equal parts power and finesse. Deep rich fruit balanced by racy acidity and warm vanillin oak. The result of a classic vineyard in its prime. On the nose and palate, pineapple, pear, honeysuckle, and lemon are complemented by notes of almond and spice. A perfect match with roast chicken, salmon, cream-sauced pastas, and flavorful cheeses.
In 2014, the drought continued in full force throughout the state. Yields for 2014 everywhere were light and a bit early. While we had less of it, the Chardonnay off our own estate blocks showed exceptional focus and purity, with perfect sugar / acid balance at harvest. Harvest date was September 29.
After hand sorting, the free run and light press juice began primary fermentation, using yeast D254, in French oak barrels. Malo-lactic fermentation was induced. The wine was aged for ten months in small French oak cooperage, thirty-three percent of which was new wood. The lees were “stirred” in each barrel twice monthly. The Estate Chardonnay was bottled in late July of 2015; only 198 cases were produced
Cooperage: French oak 38% new, 10 months