Chardonnay 2014 La Nue

Chardonnay 2014 La Nue

This crisp, fruity Chardonnay comes from selected French Dijon cuttings. Cool fermentation in stainless steel tank faithfully captures the essence of this fascinat­ing grape variety as grown along the western edge of Dry Creek Valley.

Wine profile

Vintage
2014
Wine Type
Estate White
Varietal
100% Chardonnay
Appellation
Estate - Dry Creek Valley
Acid
0.56 g/100ml
pH
3.49
Alcohol
14.4%

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.  This blend is made with a blend of two Dijon Chardonnay clones, clone 76 from our mountain-top block, and clone 124 from our hillside block.

Harvest:        Aug 27th and Sept 11th, 2014

Production Notes

Fermentation:  The grapes were picked in the cool mornings and immediately pressed.  After settling, the clear juice was racked into stainless tank and fermented with native yeast at a cool temperature to retain fresh fruit flavors.  50% malo-lactic fermentation adds roundness to the mouthfeel.

Cooperage / Aging:  The wine was aged for 7 months in stainless steel tank.

Bottling Date:  May 28, 2015

Winemaker Notes

Color:  Pale straw

Aromas:  Fresh apricots, wildflowers

Palate:  Bright acidity, fresh apricot and floral flavors, long rich fruit finish

Production

294 Cases