Region: Knights Valley, Sonoma, CA
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- Color: pale gold
- Aromas: spiced pear, ripe melon, vanilla bean, bright citrus, toasty oak
- Palate: complex flavors of brioche, marmalade, hints of maple, buddha hand citrus, nutmeg, lingering flinty finish
RegionKnights Valley, Sonoma County, CA
Aging PotentialReady to enjoy now and up to 8 years
Chardonnay grapes are pressed using one of our small bladder presses and the juice sent to barrel for 100% barrel fermentation. Yeasts indigenous to the vineyard and winery perform the fermentation; nothing is added to the grapes or juice prior to or during fermentation. The use of French oak creates the subtle oak flavor, spice driven flavors that enhance our award winning single vineyard chardonnays . The idea is to open and disturb the barrels as little as possible, and to leave the environment inside the barrel integral and self-regulating. This regime exposes the wine to small amounts of oxygen when it is at its youngest and most vigorous stage; this is a kind of inoculation against later oxidation.
Strong and will age slowly and well. The long, undisturbed period in barrel allows a graceful and extended contact with the lees and allows anything clouding the wine to settle out so thoroughly that filtration becomes unnecessary.
Infied, 100% barrel fermented in French Oak using native yeasts. Aged sur lees for 20 months.