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Frequent stirring of the lees during barrel aging added a creamy texture to an already full-bodied wine, making for a rich, round mouthfeel and balanced with vibrant acidity. Powerful aromas of spiced apple, pear and pie crust join minerally lemon-cream and toasty oak on the palate, adding up to a compelling and thoroughly satisfying experience for true Chardonnay lovers.
Pairs beautifully with all your Holiday dishes!
Our Reserve Chardonnay is created in our small lot winemaking facility, the Artisan Cellar. Under the direction of consulting winemaker David Ramey, we employ cutting edge techniques such as whole cluster pressing, “double dry” barrel fermentation, and unfiltered bottling. With small tanks and equipment sized for the most discriminating vineyard selection process, our facility is truly state of the art, and represents the Klein family commitment towards producing the finest wines possible.
The 2011 vintage started off cool and damp, with little to no frost. With almost two inches of rain in the month of June late rains continued until July. The end of the rainy season led to a cool weather pattern for most of the summer, with average high temperatures around 80 degrees for both July and August. The heat finally returned in September, with one six-day stretch of temperatures in the 90s, exactly what the vintage needed. We harvested the last of our Reserve Chardonnay on October 8th under ideal conditions. Only 808 cases were produced.