2015 Chardonnay Reserve
Our Reserve designation for Chardonnay is used only in years where grape maturation achieves high sugar levels with balanced acidity and outstanding flavors. This vintage’s partial malo-lactic fermentation provides increased flavor complexity and greater mouthfeel. This young Chardonnay has aromas of toasted yeast, pear and green apple. It is medium bodied on the palate and the aromatics are intertwined with lemon and sweet oak and the citrus finish lingers nicely. This wine is enjoyable right now but will benefit from cellaring for at least 3-5 more years. Open now, let breathe for a few hours and enjoy. Purchase more for cellaring now as this wine will not be around for very long.
A total of 2.23 tons (a scant 1.6 tons per acre) of estate grown grapes were harvested by hand on October 20, 2015. The grapes had 23.6 brix natural sugar, 0.82 TA and 3.27 pH. They were de-stemmed, crushed and pressed. The juice was transferred into new French oak barrels and inoculated with yeast. Fermentation lasted for 16 days at 56-64 degrees and completed a 60% malo-lactic fermentation. The wine remained in the oak barrels for six months of aging on the lees. The wine was then transferred to a stainless steel tank and was then cold and heat stabilized and filtered. It was bottled on July 6, 2016. The finished wine has 0.65 TA, 3.46 pH, 0% residual sugar and 13% alcohol. 109 cases produced.