ESTATE GROWN — Columbia Valley

• HARVESTED: Sept. 20, 2000
• BOTTLED: June 15, 2001
• pH: 3.48
• TA: 0.72%
• ALCOHOL: 13.7%
• CASES PRODUCED: 2,180 cases (750ml)


Vintage

Temperatures during the 2000-growing season were even and moderate for the Columbia Valley. Those fair conditions allowed for a slow, uniform ripening. Fall was long and mild, allowing our whites to retain their fruit aromas and an excellent acid balance.


Winemaking

Directly after pressing, the juice was cooled for a few days in stainless steel vats in order to settle any solids. We racked the juice on the third day, added yeast and started fermentation in barrels. Our Chardonnay was entirely fermented in French oak. After alcoholic fermentation, the wine remained in oak barrels and a small portion of it was allowed to complete malolactic fermentation. This secondary fermentation is used to give more body to the wine as well as more complex aromas and flavors. Wine was barrel aged for eight months.


Winemaker Comments

Surprisingly big and ripe, our 2000 Chardonnay sets itself apart from the buttery, oaky style often associated with this varietal. Here, the wine fully expresses the strong varietal character of our vineyard. A nose of tropical fruits and dried apricot is very attractive. The powerful, big-bodied mouth offers aromas of pear, citrus and apple along with a very long and round finish. Gordon Brothers’ 2000 Chardonnay will be very enjoyable for a period of years. However, we do not recommend a very long aging, as its fruity character, which is an important component of this wine, might fade during the aging process.