2023 Chardonnay Library Wines
Regular price $65.00
(ONLY AVAILABLE IN 750 ML)
The Chardonnay grape was introduced to the School House vineyard in 1968 when Fred McCrea of Stony Hill vineyard provided budwood for John O. Gantner, who planted it in long terraces on a steeper part of the vineyard; this budwood was originally propagated from the Wente "small berry" Chardonnay clone.
Winemaking Notes In early September we harvest the Chardonnay. John's work restoring the Chardonnay vineyard over the years is reflected in the increased production. This Chardonnay is an excellent example of our wine— elegant, clean, and distinct from most California Chardonnays. The wine was fermented in seasoned French oak barrels, and aged “sur lie” for 10 months and stirred weekly. It was then racked and returned to barrel for an additional 8 months.
Ripe orchard and citrus fruit on the nose. Hazelnut, lemon peel & yellow apple. Fresh energetic palate, lip smacking with a beautiful elegant texture. Lemon herbs and tangy tart fruits. Very reminiscent of a top Chablis from a warm vintage. Enjoy now and over the next 5-7 years.