2016 “La Brume” Chardonnay
Dry Creek Valley


The Vineyard:  Our estate vineyard lies in the western hillsides above the upper reach of the Dry Creek Valley.  Benchland and mountain-top soils combine with vigor-limiting rootstock and limited irrigation to yield intense fruit flavors from smaller berries.  A blend of clones (Robert Young 17, and Dijon 76) adds complexity and structure along with floral and mineral notes.

Vintage:  Moderate temperatures with no appreciable rainfall throughout the ripening season allowed the grapes to fully develop exceptionally concentrated flavors.

Varietal Composition:  100% Chardonnay

Harvest:        Sep 2nd – 20th, 2016        Average brix:  25.9        pH:  3.54        TA:  0.66 g/100ml

Fermentation:  The grapes were picked in the cool mornings and immediately pressed.  After settling, the clear juice was racked into French oak barrels and fermented at a cool temperature to retain fresh fruit flavors while gaining roundness during barrel fermentation.  70% malo-lactic fermentation.

Cooperage / Aging:  The wine was aged for 10 months in French oak barrels (20% new).

Sensory Notes:

        Color:  Pale straw

        Aromas:  Fresh apricot, green apple, floral with mineral and vanilla tones

        Palate:  Bright acidity, fresh apricot and apple flavors, creamy palate, long fruit finish

Bottling Date:  June 29, 2017                              Cases Produced:  284

Final Technical Info:        pH:  3.68        TA:  0.58 g/100ml        Alc:  14.8%

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