A classic barrel fermented and aged Chardonnay. This wine aged for 10 months in French oak barrels, while undergoing a malolactic fermentation with regular stirrling of the fermentation lees, to develop richness and depth.
Aromas of lemon, toasted almond, and brioche. Flavors of lime, creme brulee and apple blossom.
One vineyard sits between 900' and 1200' elevation. Southeast aspect, with 10% grade. Rocky soil comprised of shale, limestone and clay. The other is a similar elevation but is comprised of green stone and quartz and is a Southwest aspect.
Whole cluster pressed, barrel fermented in French oak barrels - 20% new oak. Barrels were stirred once a month for 6 months to promote richness and depth.
2018 was a fairly wet year, with well above average precipitation. This created issues with fruit set, yields and quality. It took a lot of diligence in the vineyard and cellar to pull off a successful vintage. It helped that we had vineyards spread out all over the place. This allowed us to be very selective with which fruit would end up in which program.