This wine is a delight to taste; simultaneously luscious and delicate, displaying classic flavors of pineapple, green apple and melon, with a nearly imperceptible kiss of French oak and a burst of bright acidity.
Our Vintner Select Chardonnay has been undergoing a steady evolution over the past few vintages. With the 2009 offering, the wine is more elegant and restrained, while still remaining a classic representation of the Spring Mountain terroir in which these grapes ripened.
Bottled: June 2010.
Fermentation was in 25% new and 75% neutral French oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation was initiated and then arrested at approximately 50% completion to maintain the natural grape acidity necessary to balance the wine's opulent fruit.
Lees stirring was done weekly from December through May to enhance the roundness and structure.
Cooperage: 25% New French Oak, 75% Neutral French Oak.