With grapes sourced from the renowned Edna Valley, this Chardonnay exhibits all of the traits that make Chardonnay so justly famous. To ensure complexity, the wine was partially barrel fermented in new French oak barrels and aged sur-lies. To bring out the great fruit flavors, the balance was fermented slowly in stainless steel. This combination results in an extremely well-balanced and well-integrated wine. Partial malolactic fermentation adds layers of creaminess and depth which are balanced by crisp acidity and bright flavors of apple blossom and white peach.
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Our Edna Valley Chardonnay opens with rich aromas of pear, apricot, and quince, with underlying notes of cinnamon and clove spiced apple. A fresh mouthfeel, hints of vanilla and a bright acidity combine to form a long, pleasing finish in this medium-bodied wine.
After two vintages of below average temperatures, warm weather returned to the Central Coast! A mild winter followed by a warm spring and near perfect temperatures during the summer months allowed the grapes to mature at optimal levels. The near perfect temperatures coupled with very little rain during the harvest months combined to make 2013 a near mythic vintage.
Chardonnay was hand harvested into half ton picking bins early in the morning to maintain the cool night temperature in the fruit. It was then gently whole berry pressed to liberate the juice from the skins, transferred to a chilled stainless steel tank, and allowed to cold settle for 48 hours. Once cold settled, 60% of the juice was transferred to 100% French oak barrels to ferment. The remaining 40% was fermented in stainless steel. The barrel portion was allowed to complete malo-lactic fermentation and age sur lies with weekly stirring. After 7 months the barrel portion and tank portions were combined for the final blend.