2014 Chardonnay

88 Points

Wine Enthusiast

Uniquely flavored with staves from a white oak on the edge of the vineyard, this elegant estate Chardonnay will delight you with its fresh finesse and finish.

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Print Wine Notes
Wine Type:White Wine
Varietal Composition:
Appellation:Finger Lakes
Harvest Date:10/10/2014
Acid:5.7 g/L
Bottling Date:07/30/2015
Residual Sugar:0.2%
Alcohol %:11.9%

Tasting Notes

Lightly oaked and loaded with vibrant aromas of mixed citrus and pome fruits. Fresh and lively in the mouth with a silky long finish.

Winemaker Notes

8.5 tons of Chardonnay were hand harvested on 10/10/14 with harvest chemistry of 20.1 Brix, a TA of 7.3 g/L, and a pH of 3.28. The fruit was crushed, destemmed, and pressed in a single load. After two days of settling, the juice was racked and warmed to 65°F before inoculation. Twenty Peter DeVivi light-toast Sheldrake Point oak staves were added to the juice, bringing the rate of addition to one stave per 65 gal. The juice fermented for 40 days at ~65°F with malolactic fermentation continuing until late November, at which point it was stopped by chilling. The wine was chilled to 35°F at this point to cold stabilize it. In mid-May, the wine was filtered through 2-micron pads off the gross lees and was heat stabilized on 5/21/15. The SO2 at bottling was 72 ppm.
396 cases were produced

Food Pairing

Think simple with this one—like fresh-cut and properly seasoned French-fries. Perhaps an aged cheddar, camembert, and brie cheese plate. Feel free to experiment with seafood in a butter, garlic, and lemon sauce.

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