Wine Making and Notes:We were able to source fruit from one of our favorite Dundee Hill vineyards with which we have enjoyed a nice, long relationship. We basically dipped a toe into the water in 2015 as we only purchased 2.5 tons of grapes, basically enough to fill six barrels. There has been a sharp learning curve in our Chardonnay production, which shows in the 2017 vintage. Two things have really come into play that have moved this wine in a direction that is a noticeable upgrade in the wine as well as creating a style with which we can be identified. First, we are making much earlier picking decisions than in the previous two years and second the use of concrete tanks as fermenting vessels. We want our Chardonnay to have enough fruit, but we want it to be very lightly balanced on the acidity that keeps it fresh, bright, clean and leaning toward more citrus-y fruits.
The fermentation in concrete is a huge key to this wine’s texture and the manner in which it presents the flavors. The concrete tanks produce a more even and cooler type of ferment allowing the fruit to be drawn out of the grapes slowly. Also since the wood is not involved until elevage begins there is less of an oak character both in the flavor and the texture of the wine. Therefore this wine has incredible brightness of fruit and acid as well as a crystalline sort of character that gives it focus, sharpness and length. We hope you have enjoyed the Chardonnay project to date and continue to follow us on this journey!
Production: 294 cases bottled.