Yield: 2.5 tons per acre
Harvest: August 29th – September 1st
Numbers @ Harvest: 22.4° Brix, 3.42 pH, 7.2 grams acidity
Barrel Regimen: French Burgundy-1-3 years; aged 10 months in barrel, sur-lie; 100% malolactic fermentation
Bottling: July 2017
Release Date: Spring 2019
Winter rains are the “lifeblood” that brings our wines into the world. We do not irrigate our vineyards (even in drought years), so each drop of rain is extremely important. Dry farming for us is more of a philosophy, leading to greater vintage authenticity and sustainability.
The grapes were harvested at the end of August under perfect conditions; acidity was high and sugars moderate, giving us the classic style we are consistently striving for. Totally barrel fermented and aged on the yeast lees, this vintage composition is 63% Domaine Eden fruit and 37% Mount Eden. A light filtration was performed before bottling in July 2017.
Shades of French oak combine with a touch of lanolin, gardenia blossom, hazelnut and lemon aromas. Deep flavors of citrus, mint and vineyard earth add complexity to the toasty lees character.
As with our Estate Chardonnay, this wine will age in a good cellar for 10-plus years.