Despite drought conditions, 2014 vintage weather delivered very good wine grape growing conditions. The vintage produced an abundant and quality-driven crop. Goodfortune years like this are a blessing for winemakers. Our 2014 vintage wines show good depth of character.
VARIETAL BLEND: 100% Chardonnay
HARVEST METHOD: 100% hand picked
PROCESSING: 100% whole cluster direct to press, press cuts taken at 120 gal/ton. Must be cold settled for two days before racking off heavy lees before yeast inoculation.
FERMENTATION: 100% barrel fermented in French oak, 30% new, to enhance spice and honeyed aromas. Used a combination of D47 and Montrachet yeast. Partial malolactic fermentation to soften natural acidity.
MATURATION: The Barrel fermented wine was stirred weekly for 7 months to enhance yeasty and spice notes, and to increase viscosity. Then aged 3 months with just monthly topping.
Bright straw color with aromas of tropical fruit, honey, marzipan, wet stone and some yeasty undertones. The wine has flavors of fresh cut pineapple, with a distinctive sea-floor minerality, and a touch of acidity to keep it fresh in the mouth. The viscosity and smooth, full mouthfeel offers nutmeg and cinnamon spice, in a slightly-toasted finish that lingers gracefully.