The weather in 2018 was characterized by mild temperatures during the growing season that continued into harvest. The grapes from both of our vineyard sources were harvested on September 28th with an average sugar content of 22.6 Brix.
The grapes were whole-cluster pressed and the juice settled for 24 hours before it was racked to barrels for fermentation. After a 20-day fermentation, the barrels were topped off to begin barrel aging. Each lot was aged in French oak barrels for 14 months before being blended and prepared for bottling in late January 2020. In order to preserve the Chardonnay grapes’ aromatics and flavors, only 23% of the blended wine was aged in new French oak barrels.
The wine has a medium straw gold color. The aromas are a heady combination of spiced apples, pears and fresh pineapple. On the palate the wine is mediumbodied with a rich texture bolstered by the flavors of sweet corn and candied citrus fruit. The wine’s excellent acidity provides for a long, lingering and very satisfying finish.
This flavorful Chardonnay will pair well with a variety of seafood, roasted chicken and is perfect with Linguine with White Clam Sauce.