Yield: 2 tons per acre
Harvest: August 21st – September 4th
Numbers @ Harvest: 24.0 Brix, 3.6 pH, 7.0 grams acidity
Barrel Regimen: Burgundy 50% new, 50% 1 yr; 100% barrel fermented with full malolactic, sur-lie aging
Bottling: June 2005
Release Date: Winter/Spring 2008
2004 was an early year with the harvest kicking off in late August. We were bottling at this time and caught off guard by the “march of the grapes.” Albeit an early and ripe year, the 2004 is quite special.
Robert Parker best describes this wine… “the 2004 Chardonnay Estate offers a beautiful perfume of subtle pineapple, orange marmalade, buttered citrus, white currants, and wet rocks. In the mouth, it reveals stunning purity, crisp acidity, and a drinkabiltiy window of 7-10 years.
It is very rich, but surprisingly light on its feet.”
The wine has already received very high praise from the Wine Spectator (94) and Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (95).