Aromas of brioche, almond and citrus greet you with the newest vintage of 'Black-Label' Chardonnay! 100% Chardonnay and aged 14 months in French oak, this Chardonnay is bursting with flavors of lemon and Creme Brulée.
Aromas of green melon, toast, Macintosh apple. Flavors of apple crumble, citrus, and toffee
Vineyard sits between 900' and 1200' elevation. Southeast aspect, with 10% grade. Rocky soil comprised of shale, limestone and clay.
Grapes were whole cluster pressed, juice was collected and allowed to settle over night. Then the juice was racked from tank into French oak barrels and fermented. Once fermentation was completed the barrels were stirred once a week for 3 months. The wine stayed in barrel for 10 months then the barrels were combined in tank and put back in to neutral French oak barrels for another 5 months.
2015 was a good vintage in Virginia with consistently warm, dry weather throughout the growing season. The fruit came in with good phenolics, and balanced chemistry. Whites were picked about 2 weeks earlier than previous years, but with optimal ripeness. Reds came in with excellent flavors and sound skin integrity.
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