Picked ripe to develop tropical notes, this wine is fermented in stainless steel and then is moved to French oak barrels to develop weight and richness. It does not go through malolatic fermentation allowing the wine to preserve its bright acidity. A lovely alternative style of Chardonnay.
With a pale yellow hue and aromas of yellow apple, D'Anjou pear, pineapple, and a hint of sweet woody vanilla the 2018 Chardonnay is a Terraces favorite. The palate has bright acidity, with complex flavors of fresh green apple, peach, tropical fruit, light toasty oak, and wet stone. The vibrant mouthfeel showcases surprising weight and richness with a lingering finish. Drink now or cellar for 8-10 years.
- Vineyard: Trefethen Vineyard, Oak Knoll District. This southern valley floor vineyard has deep alluvial soils and warm temperatures, allowing the grapes to develop ripe stone fruit and pineapple aromas.
- Harvest: September 26, 2018
- Barrel ageing: 7 Months French Oak (10% New, 90% Neutral). Aged sur lie, stirred weekly.
- Bottling: April 12, 2019
- Alc: 14.34%
- TA: 6.72 g/L
- pH: 3.46
- Blend: 100% Chardonnay
- Production: 539 cases
- Release Date: February 1, 2020