Jeff Gordon Cellars Chardonnay Carneros 2008

Winemaker's Notes:

This Jeff Gordon Carneros Chardonnay comes from vineyards located on the Sonoma County side of Carneros, just south of the town of Sonoma. The grapes come from an old block of Wente clone vines planted in the early 1970s. This is our third vintage of chardonnay from this cool weather growing region. We are very excited about the quality of this wine, despite the limited crop of that year. The wine has a brilliant, golden straw color. With aromas of pineapple, honey, and caramel this wine ends with notes of toasty oak and vanilla. The wine is nicely balanced with a rich, thick mouth-feel. Crisp and bright, with flavors of pear and green apple, this wine mixes mild oak flavors with a nice mineral-like finish. This is a great food wine that will complement a wide variety of dishes. Pair it with a medium-sauced fish or chicken dish. A date on the front porch matched with a nice cheese would be great as well! These grapes were hand-picked into ½ ton bins and delivered to the winery first thing in the morning. To preserve the freshness of fruit flavors and reduce extraction of bitterness, the clusters were chilled to 45° F. The grapes were then gently whole-cluster pressed, cold settled, inoculated with yeast, and racked to barrels for fermentation. Barrels used were 30% new oak from the Allier forest of France, the remainder being 2-3 year old French barrels. After completion of primary fermentation in the barrel, the wine was inoculated with a malo-lactic culture. The barrels were stirred and topped every other week as the wine was aged on its lees for 9 months prior to bottling.

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Jeff Gordon Cellars:
Jeff Gordon Collection wines are produced by Jeff Gordon Cellars in Calistoga, California by winemaker August "Joe" Briggs. August Briggs Winery is a family-owned winery in Napa Valley dedicated to producing very limited quantities of great wines from carefully selected vineyards across California’s North Coast counties.

This Jeff Gordon Carneros Chardonnay comes from vineyards located on the Sonoma County side of Carneros, just south of the town of Sonoma. The grapes come from an old block of Wente clone vines planted in the early 1970s. This is our third vintage of chardonnay from this cool weather growing region. We are very excited about the quality of this wine, despite the limited crop of that year. The wine has a brilliant, golden straw color. With aromas of pineapple, honey, and caramel this wine ends with notes of toasty oak and vanilla. The wine is nicely balanced with a rich, thick mouth-feel. Crisp and bright, with flavors of pear and green apple, this wine mixes mild oak flavors with a nice mineral-like finish. This is a great food wine that will complement a wide variety of dishes. Pair it with a medium-sauced fish or chicken dish. A date on the front porch matched with a nice cheese would be great as well! These grapes were hand-picked into ½ ton bins and delivered to the winery first thing in the morning. To preserve the freshness of fruit flavors and reduce extraction of bitterness, the clusters were chilled to 45° F. The grapes were then gently whole-cluster pressed, cold settled, inoculated with yeast, and racked to barrels for fermentation. Barrels used were 30% new oak from the Allier forest of France, the remainder being 2-3 year old French barrels. After completion of primary fermentation in the barrel, the wine was inoculated with a malo-lactic culture. The barrels were stirred and topped every other week as the wine was aged on its lees for 9 months prior to bottling.

248 cases produced.

Closure: Cork

Aged 9 months in French Oak.

Notes: 30% new oak from the Allier forest of France, the remainder being 2-3 year old French barrels

Wine Specs:

Alcohol: 14.2%

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