Our 2018 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.
The winter rainy season was much drier than normal, however 2018 will be remembered for its cool summer temperatures and lack of heat spikes. Daily highs in Sonoma County in July and August peaked around 85F, but the weather cooled, mist hanging in the air, delaying our decision to pick about four weeks past the previous year. Larger yields also meant longer hang time and complex flavors, as we waited patiently for the sugars to accumulate in the berries. We harvested fruit in the eastern part of Russian River Valley on September 29