2017 Chardonnay

Chandler Vineyard

Livermore Valley

$28

 

TA: 5.1 g/l

pH: 3.8

Brix at harvest: 23.3

Harvest date: 9/2-11/2017

Fermentation hybrid: 25% American Oak Barrels, 75% Stainless Steel

Bottled: 5/16/2018

 

Winemaker’s Notes:

“The Chardonnay that comes from the West end of the Livermore Valley possesses a unique focus of character within the appellation. While being in a warmer climate, the west end is separated from the bay by a double, low lying ridge line and warms the most slowly during the growing season. The sloping, rolling hills of the Kalthoff common provide small microclimates that are ideal for drainage and retaining the cool air that prolongs the growing season.

This vineyard shows great potential for producing well structured, complex Chardonnays.

The 2016 vintage was a bountiful yield harvested at the end of a long drought but with the benefit of an El Nino winter which replenished the ground water. The growing season was a stellar one and this Chardonnay is no exception to the vintage. Grape vines are like people, they do their best work when a little stressed. This vintage is my favorite in recent memory.”

Dane Stark, Owner & Winemaker

 

Tasting Notes:

The barrel fermentation of 25% of this Chardonnay adds complexity while the 75% that is fermented in stainless steel under temperature control provides freshness and structure.

It has opening notes of butter, lemon, fruit and honey suckle with a bit of almond and vanilla on the nose.

It has a lovely, golden yellow, straw color.

The palate entry is of floral components with ripe fruit in the California style and a dry yet structured mid palate. The acidity stands out making this an excellent food wine and one that will age! There is honey and buttercup in the finish with lingering bright floral and a subtle kiss of American Oak.