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Joseph Phelps Chardonnay Carneros Los Carneros 2006

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Estate-grown Chardonnay from Freestone Vineyards and independent Sonoma Coast growers.The cool, late ripening growing season of 2006 finished persuasively with near perfect maturity levels. This came as a huge relief as the season was incredibly wet with the Sonoma coast receiving over 9 feet of rain! The wet soil conditions slowed initial vine growth considerably but had less impact on fruit set, which occurred in early June. Following a brief heat spell at the end of July- our first real and much needed heat of the season- veraison began.; further crop reduction in the form of green harvesting helped mitigate the late start and long-range weather concerns. This maneuver proved critical as August and September temperatures were significantly below normal. Although slight rainfall occurred on the 4 and 5 of October, It was with great relief that warm, dry and windy conditions materialized for the balance of the month bringing the fruit to favorable maturity. The long, cool growing season provided higher acid content, thicker skins-more fragrance and flavor- and exceptional varietal transparency. Ovation is eligible for a 10% case discount or a 20% Phelps Preferred discount. The Sonoma Coast Ovation Chardonnay is similar in to the classic Ovation but differs in structure and ripeness. This wine has a concentrated core of lemon, fig and cream, with natural acidity and minerality that give it great strength and persistence. This wine was produced by 100% native fermentation with a focus on working the lees in barrel in order to elevate and enhance the mid-palate. The result is a naturally made wine that is unfined, unfiltered and an expression of the region's characteristic minerality and spice.The cool, late ripening growing season of 2006 finished persuasively with near perfect maturity levels. This came as a huge relief as the season was incredibly wet with the Sonoma coast receiving over 9 feet of rain! The wet soil conditions slowed initial vine growth considerably but had less impact on fruit set, which occurred in early June. Following a brief heat spell at the end of July- our first real and much needed heat of the season- veraison began.; further crop reduction in the form of green harvesting helped mitigate the late start and long-range weather concerns. This maneuver proved critical as August and September temperatures were significantly below normal. Although slight rainfall occurred on the 4 and 5 of October, It was with great relief that warm, dry and windy conditions materialized for the balance of the month bringing the fruit to favorable maturity. The long, cool growing season provided higher acid content, thicker skins-more fragrance and flavor- and exceptional varietal transparency.Months in barrel: French oakOak: Francois Frères, Remond, Chassin, Damy and Rousseau

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Joseph Phelps Vineyards:
Joseph Phelps Vineyards is a family-owned Napa Valley winery committed to crafting world class, estate grown wines. Founded in 1973 when Joe Phelps purchased a former cattle ranch in Spring Valley near St. Helena, the winery now controls and farms nearly 375 acres of vines in St. Helena, the Stags Leap District, Oakville, Rutherford, Oak Knoll District and South Napa Valley. Phelps is best k... Read more
Joseph Phelps Vineyards is a family-owned Napa Valley winery committed to crafting world class, estate grown wines. Founded in 1973 when Joe Phelps purchased a former cattle ranch in Spring Valley near St. Helena, the winery now controls and farms nearly 375 acres of vines in St. Helena, the Stags Leap District, Oakville, Rutherford, Oak Knoll District and South Napa Valley. Phelps is best known for its flagship blend of red Bordeaux varietals, Insignia, first produced in 1974. Awarded Wine Spectator’s “Wine of the Year” in 2005, Insignia is widely regarded as a qualitative benchmark for California winemaking. Annual production at Phelps includes Insignia, Backus Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Eisrébe, Syrah and Viognier. Read less

Estate-grown Chardonnay from Freestone Vineyards and independent Sonoma Coast growers.The cool, late ripening growing season of 2006 finished persuasively with near perfect maturity levels. This came as a huge relief as the season was incredibly wet with the Sonoma coast receiving over 9 feet of rain! The wet soil conditions slowed initial vine growth considerably but had less impact on fruit set, which occurred in early June. Following a brief heat spell at the end of July- our first real and much needed heat of the season- veraison began.; further crop reduction in the form of green harvesting helped mitigate the late start and long-range weather concerns. This maneuver proved critical as August and September temperatures were significantly below normal. Although slight rainfall occurred on the 4 and 5 of October, It was with great relief that warm, dry and windy conditions materialized for the balance of the month bringing the fruit to favorable maturity. The long, cool growing season provided higher acid content, thicker skins-more fragrance and flavor- and exceptional varietal transparency. Ovation is eligible for a 10% case discount or a 20% Phelps Preferred discount. The Sonoma Coast Ovation Chardonnay is similar in to the classic Ovation but differs in structure and ripeness. This wine has a concentrated core of lemon, fig and cream, with natural acidity and minerality that give it great strength and persistence. This wine was produced by 100% native fermentation with a focus on working the lees in barrel in order to elevate and enhance the mid-palate. The result is a naturally made wine that is unfined, unfiltered and an expression of the region's characteristic minerality and spice.The cool, late ripening growing season of 2006 finished persuasively with near perfect maturity levels. This came as a huge relief as the season was incredibly wet with the Sonoma coast receiving over 9 feet of rain! The wet soil conditions slowed initial vine growth considerably but had less impact on fruit set, which occurred in early June. Following a brief heat spell at the end of July- our first real and much needed heat of the season- veraison began.; further crop reduction in the form of green harvesting helped mitigate the late start and long-range weather concerns. This maneuver proved critical as August and September temperatures were significantly below normal. Although slight rainfall occurred on the 4 and 5 of October, It was with great relief that warm, dry and windy conditions materialized for the balance of the month bringing the fruit to favorable maturity. The long, cool growing season provided higher acid content, thicker skins-more fragrance and flavor- and exceptional varietal transparency.Months in barrel: French oakOak: Francois Frères, Remond, Chassin, Damy and Rousseau

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