2016 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
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This Chardonnay was handmade in small lots and represents one of our best vineyard sites. The juice was lightly pressed off and added to barrels where it was cool-fermented for over 15 days. A mix of yeast strains was used for added complexity of aromas. The wine underwent partial malolactic fermentation which adds a slight buttery note to the wine but leaves it perfectly balanced. This Chardonnay was left on light lees after primary fermentation in the barrel for nine months. This “sur lie” approach adds a creaminess and texture to the mouthfeel of this incredible wine. This Chardonnay is 100% barrel fermented, all in French Oak and about 25% new wood. Coopers include Damy, Nadalie and Saint Martin.
Our 2016 Barrel Fermented Chardonnay opens with enticing aromas of Fuji apple and subtle hints of tropical fruits. The palate offers delicious fruit flavors of apple and mango followed by a toasty bread character from its time spent in oak. The prolonged time spent in barrels creates a creamy and lusciously soft mouthfeel. Our winemaker loves pairing this Chardonnay with creamy seafood Risotto and cedar planked salmon.