Nose

On the nose, vivid aromas of citrus fruit and a hint of shaved ginger are accented by delicate white florals and wet river rock.

Palate

Rich flavors of brioche, honeysuckle and Bosc pear ride a pure backbone of focused, crunchy acidity.

Growing Conditions

A true test of our vineyard team’s mettle, the challenges of the 2015 season commenced early with cold, damp, windy conditions during bloom causing poor set, and unevenly ripened clusters - what is known as ‘shot berries’. The remainder of the season steadied, and with much handwork and fruit thinning, delivered ripe and balanced fruit of high quality. Harvest was early across the board, a common occurrence when the vine carries a light crop. Clonal selection: Hyde-Wente

Harvest

Hand-harvested at night, sheers only.

Bottling

Bottled unfined and unfiltered; January, 2017

Winemaking

 Whole cluster pressed while still cold from the field  Barrel fermented with indigenous yeasts; 8 months to completion  Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrel

Aging

Aged 15 months in French oak barrels; 67% new. Sur lie aging, biweekly bâtonnage. Coopers: Caduis Damy, Francois Frères, Gauthier ,Louis Latour, Remond

Appearance

The appearance of this 2015 Chardonnay from the Edward James Estate approaches opalescence with a lemon yellow hue, touched by a chlorophyllic green tint.

Food Pairing

Enjoy with fresh summer salads, herbed goat cheese or grilled wild Alaskan halibut. Serve at 45°-50° F.