Schweiger Vineyards Chardonnay Spring Mountain District 2007
The 2007 vintage is our fourteenth release of Chardonnay.We strive to strike a balance between fruitiness and complexity in our wines, Our goal is to always express the fruit of our vineyard first; why work hard in the vineyard only to mask the true beauty with cellar practices. Once harvested, we selectively use the tools we have at our disposal as winemakers to shape and complement the wine; surlies aging, and French oak cooperage, both new and old.Our 2007 Chardonnay is a full bodied wine with true varietal characteristics, hints of pear, kiwi, citrus, and apricots, and delicate undertones of oak and tropical fruits. The body of the wine is rich and supple, filling the mouth with flavors. The true nature of Spring Mountain Chardonnay comes through in the mineral character, more reminiscent of a classic Mersault than your typical California Chardonnay. This wine is best served between 58F and 65F. The 2006 vintage is our thirteenth release of Chardonnay. Technical InformationVarietal Percentage: 100% Chardonnay.Age of vines and soil type: 9-24 year old vines planted in deep volcanic soils at a 2000' elevation.Date picked: 9/01/07 (24.9 degrees brix), 9/11/07 (25.6 degrees brix)Harvest Sugar: 24 - 25 degrees brix.Fermentation time/Temperature Range: 45 days, 56-63 degrees F.Fermentation container/maceration: Barrel fermented, 26% New French Oak, 74% 2-4 year old French Oak, No Malolactic.Analysis at bottlingAlcohol: 14.9%pH: 3.38TA: 0.65V.A.: 0.029 g/100ml.R.S.: DryAging and bottlingLength/type of aging: Aged surlies for 9 monthsBottled: 6/10/08.Approximate lifespan under proper cellar conditions: 2-5 years.Number of cases produced: 640 cases.Release Date: September 2008.Winemaker: Andrew T. Schweiger.
Today Schweiger Vineyards includes 25 acres of Cabernet, four acres of Chardonnay, two acres of Merlot and micro blocks of Cabernet Franc, Malbec & Petite Sirah, Schweiger also produces a Sauvignon Blanc with fruit sourced from Sonoma County. Annual harvest yields vary from 1.5 to 3.5 tons per acre.