The Heritage Collection
Estate Grown, Lodi
Grown on our estate in the heart of the Lodi Appellation, the fruit for this Chardonnay was hand selected and hand harvested. Careful attention was taken in the vineyard, through canopy management, such as leaf pulling, as well as cluster thinning to prompt the vine to focus its attention on the remaining clusters. We employ a dual harvest technique with the Chardonnay. Half of the block is harvested in mid to late August, when the fruit still has firm acids. The other half is picked from 3-4 weeks later, when the grapes are bursting with sugars.
This Chardonnay is barrel aged and went through 50% Malolactic Fermentation. It was placed in French and American oak barrels, 15% of which is new wood, that were hand selected from only the finest coopers, such as Seguin Moreau, Mendocino Cooperage, Demptos and Radoux. Barrel aged, along with the lees being stirred every two weeks once fermentation is complete, the wine is allowed to gain complexity and structure. This makes the wine ready to drink upon release, but also age gracefully for a number of years in the bottle.
The vibrant color of this wine immediately catches your attention. The aromas of fresh picked white peaches, ripe melon, and yellow apples instantly fill your senses and are complemented by hints of light vanilla that entices that first sip. The mouth fills with complex flavors of sweet, rich, red and yellow apples, bosch pears, fresh picked peaches and juicy sweet honeydew melons, leaving you breathless. Soft hints of butter and vanilla round out the wine to produce a very seductive, lingering finish.