2017 ASR CHARDONNAY
Wine Data

Appellation:  Alexander Valley

Grape Varietal:  Chardonnay 100%

Alcohol:  14.5%

pH:  3.63

TA:  6.0 g/L

Size:  750ml

2017 ASR CHARDONNAY

Retail Price: $35.00

We've produced Chardonnay for decades and the varietal is one of our favorites, but this style is completely different than our Estate Chardonnay. 

Winemaker Kevin Hall selected Chardonnay from three vineyards with complex flavor profiles of apple, pear and slight mineral notes for this wine.  The grapes were harvested early in the morning to retain the natural acidity and the grapes were transported to the winery in 1/2 ton macrobins to preserve the pure fruit flavors.  The fruit was whole cluster pressed to gently extract the juice, then barrel fermented in 100% French Oak.  Malolactic fermentation and sure lie aging added additional body and palate weight to the wine. 

Chardonnay is always one of our favorites, and this style is completely different than our Estate Chardonnay.  There are aromatic, toasty nuances of baked apple, pear, vanilla, brioche, marzipan and slight ginger in the glass.   This is a rich Chardonnay with big flavors of apple, pear, slight citrus, vanilla and a touch of minerality.   This wine has good acid balance, a creamy mouthfeel and a long aftertaste. 

Accolades:

2016: 91 pointsWine Advocate