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2012 Vintner Select Chardonnay

Straw colored with nutty almond, crème brulèe, roasted apricots and stone fruit aromas and a hint of a mineral character. In the mouth, the wine hits with a burst of custard followed by a round, full mouthfeel and a long fresh finish. Winery Exclusive.

Description

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This was the first white wine aged in our historic underground cellar. The very best 9 barrels were chosen and lees-stirred an additional 4 months to add a creamy mouthfeel. The grapes come predominantly from the Haire Vineyard in the Napa Carneros appellation, where the vineyard is planted with old Wente and Robert Young clones. The grapes were harvested between September 7 and October 3th with Brix from 22 to 23.4. The picked fruit was cluster sorted, then whole-cluster pressed before being inoculated with white Burgundy yeast strains. It began a cool fermentation in stainless steel tanks, and finished in French oak barrels. While in barrel, the lees were stirred bi-monthly for 14 months. We did not put the wine through malolactic fermentation to maintain its beautiful fruit and mineral notes. The wine rested in our underground cellar until bottling in March 2014 and release in October 2014.

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Vintage 2012
Varietal Chardonnay
Appellation Carneros
Harvest Date October 2012
Acid 6.5 g/L
PH 3.60
Aging 16 months in oak
Barrel Aging
16 months
Bottling Date March 2014
Alcohol % 14.2
Size 750 ml