Grape Variety: 99% Chardonnay, 1% Pinot Gris
Winemaker Note: We approach this Chardonnay with an eye on freshness, precision and texture. This is a fine line to walk, as it is easier to embrace a distinct style, such as tank-fermented and fresh, or oaky and textured. The wine was barrel fermented and aged, with primarily older French oak - less than 20% was new. It was bottled in late July with partial malolactic fermentation; we allowed more than usual to balance the inherent acidity of the vintage. The result is a wine with the roundness and flavors of aging in barrel on the lees, but also one that retains freshness and the energy of the vintage.
Wine Description: The aromas of fresh orchard fruit are highlighted by bergamot and fresh baked bread from lees aging. Pear, apple, citrus and cream play off the subtle, savory yeast character, resulting in layering of the flavors. The acidity is vibrant and cleansing, refreshing the palate and focusing the finish