ESTATE GROWN — Columbia Valley

• pH: 3.56
• TA: 0.60%
• ALCOHOL: 13.5%
• PRODUCTION: 2,352 Cases (750ml)


Vintage

Exceptional conditions during the 1998 growing season led to a very successful vintage. Smaller clusters of grapes and a lack of precipitation resulted in early ripening and nice concentration. Additionally, the vines thrived in the warm July and August weather and produced the high quality of fruit that allows us to craft wines of the caliber we desire. The Chardonnay grapes were harvested from our estate vineyard during the second week of September.


Winemaking

Shortly after being harvested, the grapes were pressed into stainless steel tanks and yeast was added for alcoholic fermentation. Two days after fermentation began, the fermenting juice was transferred to barrels to subtly integrate the flavors imparted by Burgundian oak. The wine was left on the lees after alcoholic fermentation and underwent partial malolactic fermentation (approximately 20%) in order to increase complexity and add a rich mouth-feel. We racked the wine from barrels after seven months and proceeded to a fairly tight filtration prior to bottling.


Winemaker Comments

Our Chardonnay offers a lively complex nose of pear, green apple, grapefruit, and banana with a hint of vanilla. The mouth shows rounded fruit flavors with citrus, pear, and subtle vanilla oak accents through the finish. This wine, very elegant and generous, will certainly improve through the year 2000.