Yield: 1.5 tons per acre
Harvest: August 19th-30th
Numbers @ Harvest: 22.5° Brix, 3.30 pH, 8.4 grams acidity
Barrel Regimen: French Oak 50% new, 50% 1-year; 100% Barrel Fermented; 100% Malolactic; 10 months on the sur-lie (in barrel)
11 barrels selected for Reserve program in July 2017; wine and lees stirred then aged an additional 12 months in stainless steel tank
Bottling: July 2018
Release Date: Fall 2020
The Reserve program began with the 2007 vintage, after an enlightening trip to Burgundy. 2016 will be our eighth Reserve Chardonnay bottling. The track record for aging with these wines has been incredible, much like our Estate Chardonnay—even better in fact.
We create this wine by selecting eleven barrels from the vintage, which has been aging on the lees in French oak for ten months. The wine and lees are stirred then transferred to a stainless steel tank. The Reserve then sits untouched for another twelve months. During this time, the lees are absorbed into the wine and disappear. This Chardonnay is bottled after a full 22-months in the cellar.
Very complex on the nose, with aromas of mint, toast and lilac, this rich yet elegant wine has flavors on the palate of lemon and hazelnut with marzipan lingering in the lengthy aftertaste.
Expect a long life with proper cellaring.