Pride Mountain Vineyards 2018 Chardonnay


Pride Mountain Vineyards 2018 Chardonnay


Pride’s 2018 Chardonnay is gorgeous. Bright, fresh and layered, it offers wonderful nuance and delineation from start to finish. Citrus confit, white flowers and a hint of tropical fruit all grace this pretty, mid-weight Chardonnay from Pride. The Chardonnay is a blend of fruit from Carneros and the Russian River, done in a style that emphasizes freshness and vivacity.

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Score: 93AG
Varietal: Chardonnay
Vintage: 2018
Alcohol: 14.1%
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Cases Produced: 1650

This vibrant wine announces its presence with exuberance, expressing notes of green apple, Bartlett pear,
peach, lilac and candied ginger. On the palate, it has plenty of bright acid, moderate viscosity and layers of
fruit that precede a long, flavorful finish.
2018 was an excellent year for chardonnay, producing wines with great acidity, expressive flavors and a
delicate weight on the palate. The grapes for this cuvée were sourced from two vineyards that we have worked
with for many years, one in Napa’s Carneros region and one in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley, as well as a new
fruit source in the Petaluma Gap. Each block of grapes was whole cluster pressed and then racked to French
oak barrels, 12% new, for fermentation. After primary fermentation was complete, all barrels went through
partial malolactic fermentation, which was arrested when acid balance was achieved at about 30%
completion. Barrel-stirring was then done weekly for 15 weeks before the wines were allowed to settle, racked
to tank, and the final blend assembled and bottled


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