2016 Blue Wing Vineyard Chardonnay

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Winemaking Notes

Our Blue Wing Chardonnay has wonderful citrus, pineapple and white floral aromas. On the palate this wine is bursting with honey crisp apple, Meyer lemon and tropical notes with refreshing and bright acidity. The extremely low yielding vineyard led to a wonderful concentration of flavor in the finished wine. We regularly stirred the lees during the 12 months of French Oak barrel aging to add richness and texture. The remaining portion was cold fermented in stainless steel where malolactic fermentation brought additional character to the wine.

Food pairings

Enjoy this wine with an Asian salad, seafood pasta or chicken piccata.

History

Early winter showers, with a good amount of rain, were followed by a warm, dry spring. Alternating overcast days and heat waves continued through spring and summer, with a warm July and August. Overcast days in mid to late August, kept the morning's cool preserving acidity and warm daytime temperatures led to perfectly ripe fruit. We harvested the fruit on September 22.

The Vineyards

Situated in the Southern and Western end of Sonoma County, Sonoma Coast is a distinct region that is directly influenced by the Pacific Ocean and is known to produce Chardonnay of exceptional complexity with true varietal and terroir characteristics unique to the region. Our Sonoma Coast Blue Wing vineyard sits at the very closest point to the San Pablo Bay within the Petaluma Gap. The Petaluma Gap channels coastal fog and sea breezes to the vineyard every late afternoon, where cool nights and warm days of filtered sunlight bring out the very best in our Chardonnay. The longer, colder growing season results in harvests well into October at times, producing elegant complexity and character with our Blue Wing vineyard delivering true to the appellation distinct wines that are crisp, elegant and a beautiful representation of Sonoma Coast.

$25.00

Appelation:

Sonoma Coast

Varietal:

Chardonnay

Alcohol:

14%

TA:

0.68g/100ml

PH:

3.27

Cellar & Fermentation:

45% barrel fermented in 100% new French oak barrels for 12 months 55% cold fermented in stainless steel

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