Chardonnay Reserve2018


Chardonnay Reserve

The grapes are allowed to achieve a proportionately higher potential alcohol on the vine than our classic Chardonnay. Then, drawing on 2nd and 3rd-use barrels of French and American oak for fermentation and for aging, we preserve Chardonnay’s latent effusiveness and lengthen its palate performance without malolactic fermentation. Core varietal aromas and flavors are thereby captured, and extended by batonnage over several months on the lees.




Cellar Life


We were fortunate to enjoy a fine growing season in 2017. This 20th consecutive harvest under our viticulturist Fernando Franco rewarded us with a beautiful crop. The season started with an early bud-break followed by ideal gentle Spring rains, which supported a good bloom for the clusters. The early Summer was warm, although never becoming hot, and the grapes ripened with good speed. We started harvesting in perfect conditions with Moscato on August 8th, and finished on October 8th with Cabernet Sauvignon. All varietals showed great character, making this harvest reminiscent in style to 2007 and 2014, among the best we have experienced.

Fermentation In used barrels of French and American oak for 10-12 days at 70ºF; no malolactic fermentation
Aging On the lees in used and new French and American oak for up to 8 months
Composition Chardonnay 100%
Analysis Alcohol, 13.0%
Residual Sugars, 0.3%
Total Acidity, 0.61%

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