Our 2019 Reserve Chardonnay was handpicked at night, whole cluster pressed, cold settled, fermented in select barrels with native yeast, allowed to go completely through native malolactic fermentation, and aged sur-lie with monthly bâtonnage. Then individual barrels were selected for the final blend.
Our Reserve wines are the result of a careful blend of individual lots from meticulously farmed sections of some of the very best vineyards in Sonoma County. Created in our small lot Artisan Cellar, Winemaker Greg Morthole employs techniques such as cluster pre-sorting and extended maceration. With small tanks and equipment sized for the most discriminating vineyard selection process, our cellar is state-of-the-art and represents the Klein family commitment to producing the finest wines possible.
Sonoma County started off with copious amounts of rain saturating the soil in late winter and spring, about 150% of normal. Heavier rains continued off and on into May followed by early summer heat waves in June which acclimated the vines to warmer weather. Moderate temperatures through the rest of summer allowed for even cluster development. The harvest season was pleasant, with warm weather developing sugar and allowing flavors to ripen until the grapes were harvested September 16-17.