2020 Estate Chardonnay
Lodi (Mokelumne River)
Golden in color this wine has aromas of ripe pear, honey, and vanilla flower. The palate is smooth and full bodied with tropical flavors of lemon, grapefruit, and chamomile tea. The palate leads to a bright and lingering finish with structure supported by the oak.
This Chardonnay comes from a small 1.5 acre vineyard located on our estate. The vines were planted in 2014 using a vertical shoot trellis system. We selected clone 70 (French 96) for it’s reputation for overall quality. Shoot thinning, cluster thinning and leaf pulling was done throughout the harvest to give these grapes the best chance possible to produce fantastic flavors.
The 2020 Estate Chardonnay was hand-harvested early in the morning and quickly whole cluster pressed to a temerpature controlled stainless steel tank. The next day the juice was racked to a new tank and inocculated with yeast. The wine was fermented in tank before being transfered to 14% new French barrels and the rest in neutal oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation was taken place to help with the body and structure of this wine. This wine aged in neutral barrels for 10 months before being bottled.