“La Nue” Chardonnay
Dry Creek Valley
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Varietal Composition: 100% Chardonnay
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. This “La Nue” is made with a Dijon Chardonnay clone 76 from our mountain-top block.
Vintage: Moderate temperatures with no appreciable rainfall throughout the ripening season allowed the grapes to fully develop exceptionally concentrated flavors.
Harvest: Sept 15th, 2017 Average brix: 24.4 pH: 3.44 TA: 0.62 g/100ml
Fermentation: The grapes were picked in the cool mornings and immediately pressed. After settling, the clear juice was racked into stainless tank and fermented with native yeast at a cool temperature to retain fresh fruit flavors. 100% malo-lactic fermentation adds roundness to the mouthfeel.
Cooperage / Aging: The wine was aged for 7 months in stainless steel tank.
Color: Pale straw
Aromas: Fresh apricots, wildflowers
Palate: Bright acidity, fresh apricot and floral flavors, long rich fruit finish
Bottling Date: April 19, 2018 Cases Produced: 192
Final Technical Info: pH: 3.53 TA: 0.50 g/100ml Alc: 13.9%