This Chardonnay opens with notes of fresh ripe pear and caramel apple surrounded by notes of vanilla cream and toasted marshmallow. A core of acidity keeps the wine fresh on the palate to help balance its rich and buttery midpalate.
A portion of this wine was fermented in barrel & inoculated for malolactic fermentation.
ripe pear, caramel apple & vanilla cream
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The grapes for this wine come from two of the best sites in the Horse Heaven Hills; Eagle & Plow and Zephyr Ridge.
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 way from the skins. The juice was allowed to cold settle for two days before racking. The juice was inoculated with a Chardonnay specific yeast and allowed to ferment cool over 30 days. A portion of the blend was fermented in barrel to add rich mouth feel and complexity. We inoculated the barrels for malolactic fermentation to help contribute to the creamy mouth feel while preserving the bright natural acidity. All of the barrels were hand stirred throughout malolactic fermentation, further adding to the roundness in the mouth feel.
Food Pairing Notes
chicken, pork, fish, shellfish, vegetarian, salad, vegetables, pasta and cheese