2021 Mercer Bros Chardonnay
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.
Horse Heaven Hills
20% new French & American Oak
A portion of this wine goes through malolactic fermentation
ripe pear, caramel apple, vanilla
The fruit for this wine came from our estate Eagle & Plow vineyard in the acclaimed Horse Heaven Hills.
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. 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. As a whole this Chardonnay has ~20% new French and American oak impact.
Food Pairing Notes
chicken, pork, fish, shellfish, vegetarian, salad, vegetables, pasta and cheese