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2008 Chardonnay, Carneros


Awards & Accolades

Vintages
 -2012  -2011

BLEND
100% Chardonnay

VINEYARDS
Merryvale Stanly Ranch Estate, Silverado-Stanly Ranch, Hyde Vineyard

APPELLATION
Carneros

WINEMAKING

  • Hand sorted, whole-cluster pressed
  • 100% barrel fermented

BARREL AGING
8 months in French oak (42% new)

ALCOHOL
14.5% by volume

pH
3.36

CELLARING
Three years from release to reach maturity, with a plateau for another five years after that.

WINEMAKER'S NOTES
Winemaking
Sourced from our estate vineyard at Stanly Ranch, with a small amount from Hyde Vineyard and Silverado Stanly Ranch, the fruit for our signature Chardonnay is carefully sorted, whole cluster pressed and barrel fermented. The wine spent 8 months in French Oak (42% new), with the first seven months on primary lees, and is stirred monthly until blending.

Vintage
The 2008 vintage was a roller coaster ride from start to finish. The growing season started with a historic frost that resulted in some mild crop loss in the cooler areas, particularly with Chardonnay. Record high temperatures in May were abruptly followed by dry winds and then a cool rainy patch. With the lighter crop and warm, dry remainder of the growing season, ripening progressed ideally through harvest. The result is a slightly smaller crop in 2008 with above average to excellent quality.

The Wine
Our 2008 Carneros Chardonnay is concentrated and intense in style. Aromas of hazelnut, ripe Bartlett Pear, tropical fruits and red apple are framed by crisp minerality and sweet toasty oak. The wine is rich, full-bodied and creamy with a lingering finish.