Creamy and crisp, with abundant fruit character, mineral and toasty oak flavors.
The 2011 vintage started off cool and damp, with little to no frost. late rains continued until July, with almost two inches of rain in the month of June. The end of the rainy season led to a cool weather pattern for most of the summer, With average high temperatures around 80 degrees for both July and August. The heat finally returned in September, with one six day stretch of temperatures in the 90s, exactly what the vintage needed, and we harvested the last of our Chalk Hill Chardonnay on September 27th under ideal conditions.
Fermentation/ Aging 98% barrel fermentation. 95% malolactic fermentation - 9 months in 52% new French barrels and 48% older French barrels.