The 2006 Reserve Chardonnay fruit was hand harvested with both the clone 15 fruit and old-vine Gauer clone fruit comi...Read more...
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The 2006 Reserve Chardonnay fruit was hand harvested with both the clone 15 fruit and old-vine Gauer clone fruit coming in on September 25 at 24.5 and 25.2 Brix respectively. An additional selection of grapes from younger Gauer clone vines came in on September 27 at 25.5 Brix. All three lots were whole cluster pressed and kept separate throughout fermentation. The clone 15 wine was fermented in French oak puncheons, while the Gauer clone lots were fermented in French oak barrels (40% new) with an emphasis on oak from Allier and Vosges. To enhance the flavors of both lots, 100 percent indigenous yeasts were used. The wine was sur lie aged, with the lees being stirred over a 6-month period prior to blending. In total, the wine spent 16 months in barrel and a half year in bottle. It was bottled unfiltered and as a result has a natural, hazy quality.
|Alcohol: 14.8%||pH: 3.35|
|Total Acidity: 0.63 grams per liter|
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