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2016 Chardonnay Paso Robles
Tropical mango and pineapple perfume emanate from this deeply golden Chardonnay. Initially dominated by Key lime and peach, favors of hazelnut and subtle oak tannin create a complex profile in the mid palate and well into the fnish.
Our Chardonnay blocks are planted on a slight South-Southeast facing slope. This facing shades the delicate Chardonnay fruit from the warm afternoon sun of Paso Robles. This, along with our soils, allows for the production of remarkably bright fruit to be produced in what is generally too warm a location for Chardonnay. 2016 was the beginning of the end of a long drought in Paso Robles. Decent rainfall and a mild summer brought health and vigor back to the vines, and an ample yield allowing a well timed ripening curve.
The grapes were picked in the last week of August, hand-sorted and pressed whole cluster. The fresh juice was allowed to cold settle for 24 hours, and then it was racked to barrel. Fermentation took place in barrels that were 30% new French puncheons which allows for the subtle introduction of oak. 70% was fermented in neutral French barrels. Both lots were kept in the cool room which slowed the fermentation and stretched it out over 19 days. Once completed, the barrels were topped and the lees stirred weekly until the completion of malo-lactic fermentation in January. Lees stirring continued on the never racked barrels to extract unique favors and protect the young wine without use of sulfates. After 7 months in barrel, the 2 lots were combined and returned to barrel for an additional 2 months of aging before bottling.