Quilt 2019 Napa Valley Chardonnay


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Varietal: Chardonnay
Vintage: 2019
Alcohol: 14.5%
Blend: 100% Chardonnay
Wine Maker: Joseph Wagner
Winemaker Notes
“For our Napa Valley 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.”
Tasting Notes
“Pale straw yellow with golden hues. Honeysuckle, crisp green apple, persimmon, white fig, and Asian pear with notes of blanched almonds and floral notes. Juicy pineapple and mango, Fuji apple, papaya, and honey followed by hints of lemon custard and toasted almond. This is a classic Napa Valley Chardonnay with bright acidity, medium bodied,and a smooth, creamy finish. Complex and well-balanced with a lively finish.”


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