October 7, 2012
10 months in 14% new French oak, 57% older French oak, 29% stainless barrels
2012 Chardonnay Estate
This is a very fruit-forward, tropical wine, with aromas of pineapple, white peach, pear, with a bit of ginger, anise, and coconut. Smooth acidity and a medium palate weight contribute to a soft texture. The tropical elements continue in the mouth, with flavors of pineapple and mango; hints of nectarine and pear and spicy undertones of nutmeg and white pepper.
The grapes were harvested by hand and whole cluster pressed. The juice settled overnight, then was racked to 14% new, 57% older French oak barrels and 29% stainless barrels for primary fermentation. When fermentation was complete, the wine aged on the lees with bimonthly stirring until spring racking. The wine was racked and blended, the heavier lees were discarded, and then the wine was returned to barrel to undergo malolactic fermentation and age until bottling in the fall.