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2000

Chardonnay

Kunde Vineyard
Sonoma Valley

The color is a beautiful yellow-white, with a pearl-like quality. Intriguing elements of peach nectar and baked apple create an enticing aroma. Once sipped the wine reveals a blockbuster core of pear and vanilla flavors reminiscent of crème brulee with toasty, caramel notes on the finish. This is a rich, opulent wine packed with pleasurable drinking. Alcohol 14.5%

 

Harvest Date September 26

Growing Season Diligent work in the vineyard to limit a large crop set helped optimize flavor intensity and richness in the grapes. Cool weather in late September and October extended the harvest providing for enhanced flavor development.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Whole cluster, direct-to-press
• Barrel fermented with indigenous yeast, 9 months to completion
• Concurrent, spontaneous malolactic fermentation
• Barrel aged 16 months, 61% new French oak, sur-lies and stirred
• Unblended, unfined; bottled January 2002