Lodi (Mokelumne River)
French Oak Barrels (23% new)
This wine is lemon in color with complex aromas of ripe pear, butterscotch, and herbal notes. The palate is full bodied with lemon, vanilla, and oak on the entry. This wine has a full creamy mid-palate with balanced acidity and savory elements. The finish is long with lemon curd and oak, and a cleansing-like chalky texture that balances the wines ripe fullness.
The grapes sourced for this wine come from Mohr-Fry Vineyard. This is situated about 7 miles from the Oak Farm Winery in the Mokelumne River sub AVA. This vineyard has a vertical shoot position trellis system and is located on Tokay sandy soil. Minimal leaves are pulled to allow air throughout the vineyard and vines, but does not sunburn the berries. This sight is warm during the day to help develop and ripen the berries, but cools down at night which helps maintain balance and preserve acidity.
This 2019 Chardonnay was hand harvested early in the morning from Mohr-Fry Vineyards in the Mokelumne River sub AVA. The grapes were quickly whole-cluster pressed upon arrival to the winery. 48 hours later the juice was racked to two stainless-steel tanks. One tank was allowed to ferment with yeast idigenous to the vineyard and the other tank a commercial yeast was added. Once fermentation started, both tanks were transfered to french oak barrels (23% new oak) and finished fermenting. The wine proceeded to go through full malolactic fermentation and lees stirring was employed every two weeks to build a creamy and complex mouthfeel. The wine was bottled after 10 months in barrel.