Ovene Winery Chardonnay Santa Barbara County the Puzzle 2005

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Chardonnay Santa Barbara Co. 2005 “The Puzzle” Tasting Notes: This classic Chardonnay which is a blend of Bie...

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Winemaker's Notes:

Chardonnay Santa Barbara Co. 2005 “The Puzzle” Tasting Notes: This classic Chardonnay which is a blend of Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley, and Zotovich Vineyard, Santa Rita Hills Appalachian, is a wine driven by structure containing a plethora of layers. In the glass, the balance is shown as sunny hayfields open up to caramelized apples, just as the thick, lingering texture is accented by a kiss of tartness. Winemakers Notes: On the day of harvest, the grapes from both vineyards were picked early in the morning and then whole cluster pressed into a combination of new and neutral French oak barrels and also into a small stainless steel tank. The barrels were then inoculated with ICV-D47 yeast whereas the tank juice was chilled to allow the heavy solids to settle. The tank was then racked and inoculated with M2 yeast. The barrels fermented at a natural pace and the lees were stirred periodically to increase mouthfeel and homogenize the wine. The tank fermented very slowly at cold temperatures over a period of three months to capture and enhance the fresh fruit nuances and natural acidity. The two wines were then blended together into neutral barrels and aged in the cellar for 22 months were the natural acidity and minimal cellar interaction allowed the wine to partially complete secondary fermentation and safely integrate into this beautiful, finished wine. By the numbers: Number of cases produced: 600 Oak: 22 months Francois Freres and Barrel Associates Yeast: ICV-D47 & M2 Bottled: Sterile Filtered Vineyard Composition: 60% Zotovich, 40% Bien Nacido Harvest Date: September 24, 2005 & October 10, 2005 Harvest Brix: 22.6 & 25.6 Total Acidity: 0.74 grams/100ml pH: 3.40 Finished Alcohol: 14.2%

Chardonnay Santa Barbara Co. 2005 “The Puzzle” Tasting Notes: This classic Chardonnay which is a blend of Bien Nacido Vineyard, Santa Maria Valley, and Zotovich Vineyard, Santa Rita Hills Appalachian, is a wine driven by structure containing a plethora of layers. In the glass, the balance is shown as sunny hayfields open up to caramelized apples, just as the thick, lingering texture is accented by a kiss of tartness. Winemakers Notes: On the day of harvest, the grapes from both vineyards were picked early in the morning and then whole cluster pressed into a combination of new and neutral French oak barrels and also into a small stainless steel tank. The barrels were then inoculated with ICV-D47 yeast whereas the tank juice was chilled to allow the heavy solids to settle. The tank was then racked and inoculated with M2 yeast. The barrels fermented at a natural pace and the lees were stirred periodically to increase mouthfeel and homogenize the wine. The tank fermented very slowly at cold temperatures over a period of three months to capture and enhance the fresh fruit nuances and natural acidity. The two wines were then blended together into neutral barrels and aged in the cellar for 22 months were the natural acidity and minimal cellar interaction allowed the wine to partially complete secondary fermentation and safely integrate into this beautiful, finished wine. By the numbers: Number of cases produced: 600 Oak: 22 months Francois Freres and Barrel Associates Yeast: ICV-D47 & M2 Bottled: Sterile Filtered Vineyard Composition: 60% Zotovich, 40% Bien Nacido Harvest Date: September 24, 2005 & October 10, 2005 Harvest Brix: 22.6 & 25.6 Total Acidity: 0.74 grams/100ml pH: 3.40 Finished Alcohol: 14.2%

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