Our Chardonnay grows in the Edna Valley, a cool region suited for this well-known Burgundian white variety. Hand picked in half-ton bins during the morning fog, the fruit was then delivered to the nearby winery. Our Chardonnay was whole cluster pressed and then chilled down to 45°F for 24 hours. The almost clear, golden juice was then racked into 100% new French oak barrels. After being inoculated with yeast, fermentation took place for almost four weeks in a cool and humid environment. Once primary fermentation was complete, the barrels were topped and 60% were transferred to neutral oak. To preserve some of the fresh fruit character in our 2001 wine, we did not perform malic fermentation. We did, however, stir the lees in each barrel on a regular basis for four months to soften the wine. Before bottling, the barrels were blended together, cold stabilized and filtered gently.
Enjoy now through 2005.
- Color: Light pale straw
- Aroma: Intense fresh fruit and pineapple
- Taste: Refreshing acidity combined with a silky, full body. Flavors of citrus and pineapple satisfy the finish