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2014 Estate Chardonnay
Wine Specs
Alexander Valley
Aging occurred in both barrels (82%) and larger casks (18%), all of which were French oak (6% new). The wine was fermented sur lie for 8 months and underwent 80% indigenous malolactic fermentation.
For complexity and texture, we did a traditional pigeage for two to three hours, and allowed one-third skin contact. To accentuate the signature fruit and natural nuttiness of our estate grapes, we also fermented this wine with 100% indigenous yeast
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2014 Estate Chardonnay

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This medium-bodied wine offers an alluring orchard-fruit nose of ripe peach, and pear, as well as notes of lemon candy, honeysuckle and wet stone minerality. The lovely fruit continues on the palate, where it is accentuated by harmonious acidity, subtle oak and hints of lemon cream and sweet thyme.

Wine Profile
Five blocks of Chardonnay are planted in the well-drained, benchland soils. The famous Gauer Upper Barn clone, one of California’s most sought-after Chardonnay selections, comprises 80 percent of these vines. The 2014 Estate Chardonnay is crafted primarily from a mix of Gauer and clone 4 fruit
The Vintage
In 2014, a very mild winter and spring resulted in early budbreak and bloom. While drought conditions continued in 2014, some extremely well-timed spring rains helped achieve a good moisture profile in our estate soils, and contributed to exceptional quality fruit. While everything happened earlier in 2014, a good size crop slowed the overall pace of ripening, ultimately providing approximately the same amount of hangtime as a normal year, but with the fruit coming into the winery well in advance of any fall rains.
Food Pairing Notes
Butternut Squash soup, La Tur cheese, Citrus & Frisee Salad, Classic Roast Chicken, Pad Thai with Lemongrass, Raw Oysters, Creamy Risotto
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