Yield: 3 tons per acre
Harvest: October 1st-3rd
Numbers @ Harvest: 22.5° Brix, 3.50 pH, 7.7 grams acidity
Barrel Regimen: French Burgundy-30% new; aged 11 months in barrel, sur-lie
Bottling: August 2012
Release Date: Spring 2014
A freakish winter-like storm blew through our vineyards in the first week of June 2011. The rain and cold winds took a toll on our Chardonnay vines– which were in the middle of flowering. The crop loss was a devastating 40%. The silver lining though was a summer that proceeded perfectly and harvest commenced late in September under ideal conditions.
With such a small yield, you would expect a high level of concentration and innate complexity. This happened along with great acidity and freshness. Our barrel selection was 26% from Mount Eden and 74% from Domaine Eden. Totally barrel fermented and aged on the lees for eleven months.
Toasty notes of lanolin, gardenia blossom and lime zest aromas are inviting and abundant. On the palate there is a beguiling contrast of great mid-palate energy and length with overall elegance. Flavors of hazelnut, citrus and wild sage are subtle yet pervasive.
This is the best Domaine Eden Chardonnay we have made yet. Aging potential is at least to 2018.