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2014 Altvs Napa Valley Chardonnay

2014 Altvs Napa Valley Chardonnay

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SKU: 005212

Sautéed and fresh pear and other fruit aromas fill the room with the first pop of the cork, beautifully balanced with toasty integrated oak. Rich and oily mouthfeel gives the impression of great weight despite modest alcohol.

Composition
100% Napa Valley Chardonnay
Wine Specs
Vintage
2014
Varietal
Chardonnay
Appellation
Napa Valley
Harvest Date
August 15 - September 2, 2014
Acid
6.1 g/L
pH
3.47
Aging
15 months in 50% new French Oak (Francois Freres)
Fermentation
barrel fermented with native yeasts and the malolactic fermentation was allowed to proceed in the two skin-soaked lots
Alcohol %
13.9
Production Notes
Fruit for the 2014 Altus Chardonnay was sourced from Kuleto Estate, which sits high above the Napa Valley on a ridge that looks directly across at Pritchard Hill from the East. Small batches of three old California Chardonnay ‘clones’ (Wente, Robert Young, and Spring Mountain) and one newer French clone (809) were harvested over three days. Two of the batches were crushed back onto their stems to soak for several hours to pick up maximum flavor intensity and a bit of tannin, while the third was whole-cluster pressed for maximum freshness. All were barrel fermented with native yeasts and the malolactic fermentation was allowed to proceed in the two skin-soaked lots.
Vineyard Notes
100% Kuleto Estate Vineyard
Production
310 cases bottled December, 2015

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