Chardonnay Reserve2017


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 merely extended by batonnage over several months on the lees.




Cellar Life


For our 40th anniversary harvest, we naturally wished for a vintage worthy of celebrating in bottle for many years. We are glad to report that our grapes from 2016 met or exceeded these hopes, but as the growing season commenced, this suddenly looked to be impossible. As you may have heard, total yields were sharply diminished by April frosts and heavy rains through June. Yet we undertook our customary manual crop reductions, to produce the highest quality fruit. What we kept on the vine was then rewardd by weather of ideal fruit development in the final two months of the season. From early August and extending deep into September, the vineyard enjoyed lavish sunlight, heat, and dry conditions. The whites show beautiful aromatics, refreshing acidity, and fine structure for aging, especially in Viognier.

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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