2017 Chardonnay - Estate (Harvest Fair Gold Medal)

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Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Alcohol: 14.1%
Cases produced: 109
Retail Price: $25
Production: Barrel Fermentation
Aging: 3 months neutral French oak 

Harvest was very early in the morning of Sept. 5, 2017 so the grapes were delivered to the winery while still cold. They were immediately crushed, pressed and then fermented in neutral barrels. The wine was allowed to age on the lees for a short period and was then put in neutral oak for another 3 months. After aging, and partial malolactic fermentation, it was blended and bottled on February 16, 2018.  Our 2017 Chardonnay is a silky, elegant, lightly-oaked wine. It begins with notes of melon and apple layered with a hint of pear. Flavors are of apple, pear and honeysuckle.  The finish is fresh and crisp showing mandarin orange, apricot, and mineral, with just a touch of vanilla. Ample acidity provides a lively, bright, and lingering finish.   It would be excellent served with mild cheeses, such as brie, or with chicken, most shellfish, and pasta salads. Our 2017 Chardonnay would be an excellent complement to classic Fettuccine Alfredo.