ESTATE GROWN – Columbia Valley
• COMPOSITION: 100% Chardonnay
• FERMENTATION: Barrel feremented in 50% new French Oak,Sur Lie for 10 months
• pH: 3.65
• TA: 6.8 g / L
• ALCOHOL: 14.0%
• PRODUCTION: 398 Cases – Bottled September 2018
The 2017 vintage started out with a cool, wet winter, with significantly above average snowfall in eastern Washington. Going into spring, the cool trend continued. We thought we might have cool growing season on our hands. As a result, bud break in 2017 was behind historical averages and significantly behind the most recent warm vintages of 2013-2015. Bloom was also slightly delayed by about a week. The early part of summer saw average temperatures followed by above average temperatures in July and August. As a result, heat accumulation was a bit above average for the season (3050 GDD), despite the cool start. Harvest started about a week earlier than normal. In the second half of September, temperatures cooled considerably, which delayed ripening. This was not a bad thing as it slowed sugar accumulation and allowed flavors to develop nicely while retaining good acid levels. Overall, we are very pleased with this vintage and I would rate the quality as very high.
Our Reserve Chardonnay is unlike any other Chardonnay you will find from the Columbia Valley. Golden colored and full of lemon & honey aromas. A zesty acidity drives green apple flavors mingled with candied ginger that leaves weight on the tongue. The finish is smooth and noted with fresh wood that lifts the wine to the end. Pair with lobster, clams or any other seafood.