Sonoma County Chardonnay 2017
The vintage of 2017 had a mild spring and a warm summer. This coupled with a light crop for Chardonnay led to an early harvest of our cool, coastal vineyards. Starting on September 5th, each vineyard was picked as it reached the peak of ripeness and brought to the winery for gentle, whole-cluster pressing.
After settling overnight, the juice was fermented on a combination of French and Hungarian oak. After primary fermentation was complete, we allowed the young wine to continue to age in contact with the yeast lees for an additional six months stirring every few weeks. This classic method of sur lie aging gives the wine great viscosity and balance and a delicious creamy finish. During aging the wine then underwent a secondary malolactic fermentation to soften the natural acidity and add complexity. When aging was complete each vineyard lot was tasted by our winemaking team before being selected for our Sonoma County Chardonnay blend.
- Composition: Chardonnay
- Aging: 6 months in French and Hungarian oak
- Acidity: 5.5
- pH: 3.53
- Alcohol: 13.9%