Zephyr Ridge Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills

Estates 2015 Chardonnay

This elegant Chardonnay opens with aromas of fresh green and golden apples, pears,  vanilla and lemon. The body is full and lush with a clean, smooth finish.

The grapes for this Chardonnay come primarily from Zephyr Ridge Vineyard in the Horse Heaven Hills.

2015 was the hottest year on record. Thankfully, the high-heat began to taper off in August and allowed for a pleasantly cool fall. Our Chardonnay grapes tasted beautifully when they were brought in to the winery.

Once at the winery, the grapes went directly to the press where the juice was gently pressed away from the skins. The juice was allowed to cold settle for two days before racking. Approximately 75% of the juice was fermented in Burgundian oak barrels and 25% in stainless steel tanks. Two-thirds of the barrels were inoculated for malolactic fermentation to create a creamy mouth-feel. The barrels were hand stirred on a weekly basis over the next four months to help contribute to the rich, creamy mouth-feel. The portion of the wine in stainless steel was prevented from going through malolactic fermentation to retain the bright acidity–this leads to the mouth-watering, clean finish.

 

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