La Encantada Vineyard clone 76 & 15 (50%)
La Rinconada Vineyard clone 76 & 96 (50%)
Full malolactic fermentation and battonaged for 4 months
Harvest 2015 was our earliest in history. We commenced harvest on August 3rd. Quality was extraordinary with small berries, ripeness without a lot of sugar and focused varietal flavors. It was clear early on that this would be a fantastic vintage. Temperatures in 2015 were average and steady; we had no weather issues. The season was so consistent we were able to pick without heat spikes or cold spells causing panic or interrupting the harvest. Overall, the wines have balanced acidity, low alcohols, precious tannins and they are concentrated and intense.
We pick Chardonnay for opulent flavors, barrel ferment in our 55-degree winery, encourage full malolactic fermentation and it is battonaged for 4 months. Aged 10 months sur lie in 66% new French oak barriques from and François Frères, Ermitage and Quintessence.