Zephyr Ridge Vineyard, Horse Heaven Hills

Estates 2016 Chardonnay

This elegant Chardonnay opens with notes of fresh apple, pear and honeydew melon
surrounded by notes of toasted marshmallow and vanilla cream. A core of acidity keeps
the wine fresh and light in the palate.

The grapes for this wine come from two of the best sites in the Horse Heaven Hills; our
estate Eagle and Plow Vineyard and the renowned Zephyr Ridge vineyard.

The 2016 vintage started ahead of schedule and had everyone thinking it was going to be
even warmer than 2015, however unusually cool temperatures in July and August were
followed by a cool October. The cooler summer temps allowed for longer hang time into
September and October. The warm days and cool nights of September gave us ample
fruit flavor development balanced with bright acidity.

The grapes were harvested in the very early hours of the morning so they would arrive to
the winery cool. 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
French oak barrels, and the remaining 25% in stainless steel tanks. Two thirds of the
barrels were inoculated for malolactic fermentation to help create a creamy mouth feel
while retaining the bright natural acidity of the grapes. The barrels were hand stirred on
a weekly basis over the next 4 months to help contribute to the creamy, rich mouth feel.
The portion of the blend in stainless steel tanks was not allowed to go through malolactic
fermentation, retaining the natural acidity of the grapes and contributing to the mouth
watering acidity on the finish.

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