2018 QR Chardonnay
Winemaker Note: 2018 is our fourth vintage of this wine, made from the oldest Chardonnay vines at our Quaker Run vineyard (planted in 1999). While it would be easy to call this wine our “Reserve” Chardonnay, that doesn’t get to the heart of what we are doing with the wine. Since we’ve realized this is a special block, we took the approach that we would bottle it separately, from pruning on through fermentation. This meant precision in the vineyard and patience in the cellar. Because of the reliance on ambient yeast, the fermentation lasted seven months. The wine continued to rest on its lees until December of 2019, when it was bottled.
Wine Description: This wine is marked by its long fermentation and extended lees contact with the sort of yeast/bread aromas you might expect from Champagne and the roundness and texture that you might expect from a full malo Chardonnay, though the wine retains acidity. Because it was a more challenging vintage, the flavors tend to be on the fresher side of piquant apple and stone fruit. The wine is medium bodied, and as always, nimble and detailed, something we think is specific to this small block of Chardonnay planted on the side of a mountain in 1999.