From the Winery
For our Quilt Chardonnay, the winemaking process begins when we call a pick. Regular visits and assessment of each block direct us to harvesting at the right moment. Our assessment consists of testing sugar levels, acidity and pH, but more importantly, waiting for phenolic/physiological maturity. We want autumn to have set in, with hard, brown seeds, copper canes, and yellowing of the canopy and a slight ‘tan’ to the golden clusters. This gives us the assurance that we will have no green tones in the wine and that this Chardonnay will be opulent and showy. Once in the cellar, we whole cluster light press in a bladder press. The free run juice settles for 48 hours at which point we rack off heavy lees and barrel ferment the wine in 59 gallon French oak barrels (70% new) for 15 months. Fermentation can last 45 or more days in the cool cellar, lending weight to the wine with lees stirring during the extended fermentation. We then undergo 100% malolactic fermentation while still on lees to achieve additional creaminess and complexity. We delay sulfur additions as long as possible to maintain the characters that formed through each process and allow the wine to finish its aging with minimal racking.
Color: Pale yellow with golden highlights.
Aromatics: Crisp yellow pear, fuji apple, meyer lemon, honey, and a hint of caramel.
Palate: Meyer lemon zest, nectarine, ripe pear, yellow apple, and kiwi with intertwined
notes of cantaloupe and pineapple.
Structure: Bright, medium bodied, and rich with smooth and generous layers.
Complex, mouthwatering acidity with a lively finish.