Chardonnay "La Brume" 2014

Chardonnay "La Brume" 2014

Flowery and balanced in crisp, dry flavors of lemon and pear, this wine takes its designation, "La Brume",  from the French word for fog, a nod to its cool-climate environs. Supple tannins and refined acidity round out the deal.

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About this wine

This crisp, fruity Chardonnay comes from selected Dijon cuttings grown on our steep, hillside vineyards overlooking Dry Creek Valley. This wine faithfully captures the essence of this fascinating variety as grown along the western edge of Dry creek Valley, 17 miles from the Pacific Ocean.

Wine profile

Vintage
2014
Wine Type
Estate
Varietal
100% Chardonnay
Appellation
Dry Creek Valley
Acid
0.53 g/100ml
pH
3.51
Alcohol
14.6%

Vineyard Notes

Our estate vineyard lies in the western hillsides above the upper reach of the Dry Creek Valley.  Benchland and mountain-top soils combine with vigor-limiting rootstock and limited irrigation to yield intense fruit flavors from smaller berries.  The variety of Dijon clones (75, 76, 95, 96 and 124) of Chardonnay  add complexity and structure along with floral and mineral notes.

Harvest:  Aug 27th – Sep 11th, 2014

Production Notes

Fermentation:  The grapes were picked in the cool mornings and immediately pressed.  After settling, the clear juice was racked into French oak barrels and fermented at a cool temperature to retain fresh fruit flavors while gaining roundness during barrel fermentation.  100% malo-lactic fermentation.

Cooperage / Aging:  The wine was aged for 10 months in French oak barrels (20% new).

Bottling Date:  June 18, 2015

Winemaker Notes

Color:  Pale straw

Aromas:  Fresh apricot, green apple, floral with mineral and vanilla tones

Palate:  Bright acidity, fresh apricot and apple flavors, creamy palate, long fruit finish

Production

350 Cases