To create each Platinum Collection wine we start in our vineyard by selecting individual rows of vines which consistently produce the finest grapes. These vines receive meticulous care at every stage from pruning to harvest. The same precise care is given to each wine during fermentation and aging. Ten barrels were selected and blended to provide the absolute best expression of our estate Chardonnay.
Elegant fruit with Meyer lemon, pear and white peach leads to a rich palate and lemon cream finish.
Our benchland and mountain-top soils combine with vigor-limiting rootstock to yield intense fruit flavors from smaller berries. For this PLATINUM COLLECTION Chardonnay, we selected four barrels from our benchland block of Robert Young clone (rich, lush fruit), and four barrels from our mountain-top block of clone 76 (bright on the palate, complex flavor, elegant structure).
Harvest: Sep 5th and 15th, 2017
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 11 months in French oak barrels. Eight individual barrels were selected to create the optimum blend (50% new, 50% 1-2 years old).
Bottling Date: July 18, 2018
Production: 197 Cases
Color: Pale straw
Aromas: Fresh apricot and floral aromas with vanilla notes
Palate: Rich mouthfeel, fresh apricot and lemon cream flavors, long deep finish
Wine Type: Platinum Collection Estate
Appellation: Dry Creek Valley Estate
Acid: 0.60 g/100ml
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